OER Hub Team receives Open Education Consortium 2018 Awards!

IET based world leaders in open education research, the OER Hub [http://oerhub.net], are proud recipients of two of this year’s Open Education Consortium 2018 Open Education Awards for Excellence (see: http://www.oeconsortium.org/2018/03/oec-announces-the-2018-oe-award-winners-of-open-resources-tools-practices/).

The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) which is managed by the OER Hub team and led by Bea de los Arcos, builds capacity in open research and supports and connects over 70 PhD students around the world researching open education. GO-GN is this year’s winner of the Open Research category.

The OER World Map, which receives the Open Innovation award for “outstanding innovation,” has developed and maintains an interactive tool to enable anyone interested in open education to contribute to, and find, projects, policies, stories, OER, and initiatives. Led by HBZ in Germany, the OER Hub’s contribution is led by Rob Farrow.

The awards will be presented at this year’s Open Education Global conference in Delft, The Netherlands during April 2018.

Mobile learning for mobile populations: where should we be heading?

Across the globe, increasing numbers of migrants and refugees are making use of online and mobile resources to catch up with interrupted education and to support their language learning. Our research on the MASELTOV (www.maseltov.eu) and SALSA (www.open.ac.uk/blogs/salsa/) projects has demonstrated that mobile social learning is very well aligned with the needs of newcomers to a town or city, supporting their language learning and social inclusion. But not enough newcomers have the chance to experience this kind of learning, despite many of them having ready access to smartphones.

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