Prof. Xiangyang Zhang
Institute for Open Education, Suqian University, China
Research interests: Open Pedagogy, OER, Online Learning, Online Course Design
SpeechTitle: Accommodating the Leadership in the Future of Education and Research: from Open Education to Open Science
The explosive outbreak and worldwide spreading of Covid-19 have caused profound impact upon education around the globe. The pandemic has further expanded the wide gap between the North and South financially, economically and technologically and increased disparity of formal and non-formal education. Consequently, the pandemic harms the world not just in the public hygiene and medical emergency, but also in the economies, academic scholarship and education.
However, the whole situation in the pandemic crisis seems not so dreadful as such. The international Open Access movement initiated during 2000’s and Open Educational Resources recommended by UNESCO in 2019 came to fill in the divides together with digital infrastructures. All actors and stakeholders with varieties of expertise have contributed to the fulfilment of educational equality and equity in the global context, for instance, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) via its subordinate committee, Open Educational Resources Advocacy Committee has been deeply engaged in the events, to cite a few. In the last year, UNESCO has drafted a recommendation for Open Science and planned the blueprint for the future education in 2050, wishing to improve the educational and scientific landscape for the world.
In this speech, the speaker will commence with reflection on the upscaling of the Open Education from international perspective, and then address on the issues of emerging Open Science in terms of its definitions, dimensions, the current international practices with potential impediments it might stumble upon. Whatever obstacles lying on the road to Openness, the speaker concludes, the Open Science represents its leadership in the future of education and scientific research.