AAOU 2012 Pre-conference Open Seminar



The impacts of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Lifelong Learning and Open Education


14:00-17:00 Tuesday 16th October 2012


Room 201, International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan


English and Japanese (Japanese-English simultaneous translations will be provided)




Registration is required (Online Registration Form). As the capacity is limited and the seminar is open, we strongly recommend to register in advance.



More than ten years have passed since the concept of the Open Educational Resources (OER) was announced to the public. Now, Asian traditional and open universities have also deeper interests and commitments with OER movements. On the other hand,  they have met with various issues amplified by the diversity, such as OER policies, the right management and the sustainability. In order to realize tight collborative framework between the providers and the users beyond various differences, we should share the visions and solutions for conquering issues. In this seminar, the leaders will show the excellences of practices and the roadblocks in each context and have discussions on the roles of open universities in OER movement and the meaning of openness in education for the innovation.


  1. The 2012 Paris OER Declaration and Beyond
    Prof. Asha S. Kanwar, President & CEO, the Commonwealth of Learning
  2. OER: UNESCO IITE in action
    Dr. Dendev Badarch, Acting Director, Institute for Information Technology in Education (IITE), UNESCO & UNESCO Representative in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation
  3. Open Educational Resources and Asian Open Universities: Are We Near a Tipping Point in Their Production and Use?
    Emeritus Prof. Gajaraj Dhanarajan, Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia
  4. Harnessing OER to Educational and Academic Advantage: Possibilities and Challenges
    Dr. Neil Butcher, OER Strategist, OER Africa and GLOBE
  5. Shaping up OCW for Open Education
    Dr. Haruo Takemura
    Professor, Osaka University, President, Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium & Board member, OpenCourseWare Consortium

Contact Information

* If you have any question, please feel free to ask im.office@ouj.ac.jp.

Supported by:

Academic eXchange for Information Environment and Strategy (AXIES)
Japan Opencourseware Consortium (JOCW)
University e-Learning Association (UelA)


Tsuneo Yamada, Professor, OUJ-CODE