Open Education Working Group Members


Hi all! I am Viviane Vladimirschi from São Paulo, Brazil. I am a doctoral candidate at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. My research study is geared towards undertaking an intervention in a Brazilian K-12 public school to plan, design, and implement a pilot blended-learning OER Development Course (ODC) for the teachers who participate in the study, and measure its effectiveness in terms of awareness-raising strategies, content taught, and instructional approaches utilized so as to extract OER learning design principles. Brazil really needs to get on board with open education as it holds the potential to fill the gap of a deficient public school system and promote access to knowledge to more citizens. I look very much forward to sharing, learning and collaboratively working with this rich intercultural open community. I am particularly interested in models for TPD in OER and models or frameworks (pedagogical) for OER. I am familiar with Hegarty’s model already. :smile:

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Hello there, my name is Daniel Villar-Onrubia and I am interested in the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning purposes in the Higher Education sector, with a special interest in Open Educational Practices (OEP) as well as Internet-based Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC).

In 2014 I completed my DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, where I also worked as Research Assistant in the EU-funded OportUnidad Project – Open Educational Practices: a bottom up approach in Latin America and Europe to develop a common area of HE. Adopting a socio-technical perspective, my doctoral research addressed the manifold tensions and paradoxes that may emerge out of the interplay between a highly predefined model of provision of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the everyday realities and institutional contexts of different universities.

After finishing my thesis I joined Coventry University as Online International Learning Programme Manager. Now I combine this work in the field of virtual mobility and internationalisation of the curriculum with another role at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, where I work as Innovation Lead.



I’m Tim Coughlan (@t1mc on Twitter), a lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University in the UK. I’m interested in a number of areas connected with open education. I began studying processes around remixing and reuse through the Bridge to Success project where the OU worked with US colleges and MIT to reversion course content for a US audience. I’m now conducting further research grounded in new case studies to understand factors that actually support remixing and reuse to have value, and barriers of course.

More recently I’ve started to explore how participatory and constructive educational activities can be built with Open Data as a material, and contributed a chapter to Javiera and Leo’s book on
Open Data as OER
from my own experiences of doing this when teaching programming.

I’m also interested in inclusive education and related challenges for open education, such as making / keeping OER and open courses accessible, and supporting OER to be used by those in contexts with limited resources.


Greetings OKers!
I’m Jamison Miller (@millerjamison) a PhD candidate in education at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA and a member of the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). I am interested in theoretical grounding in open education, open education practices, open access, and open policy. My work is informed by critical social theory, and I am most interested in the emancipatory potentials of open in education.

Happy to be posting along with several fellow GO-GN members who I met at the Open Education Consortium meeting in Kraków last month. Very pleased to find this group, and looking forward to engaging with the OK International Network!


Hi all,

I am Paco Iniesto a PhD research student in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at the Open University in Milton Keynes, under the program Leverhulme Open World Learning (OWL) researching accessibility and MOOCs. I am member of the Global OER Graduate Network, a worldwide network of PhD researchers and their supervisors in the field of Open Educational Resources (OERs), MOOCs and open learning.

Looking forward to connecting with you !


Hi all I’m Deb Baff and I’m currently working as a Senior Academic Developer at Swansea University.

I was the project manager for OER Wales and ran the OER15 I’m secretary for the ALT OE SIG and a HEA fellow. I’m an Open Digital Badges fan and am hoping to start my PhD in January. I’m also a new member of theGO-GN Global Graduate Network. ! I love working collaboratively and helping to promote openness and looking forward to connecting with you all. :grin:


Hi everyone,

I am Kshitiz Khanal. I am a co-founder of Open Knowledge Nepal. I am interested in Open Science, Open Hardware, and Open Education.
Recently, I started a project combining all three:
Aerogami: An open educational project to teach basics of how things fly by making paper planes.
I am still learning about developing open content and helping people to practice and use the course materials. This project is a work in progress. I want to welcome participation in this open project for anyone interested.