Prof. Rory McGreal – UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources

UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources: Open Education in Technical, Vocational, and Skills Development

Prof. Rory McGreal – UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources

UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources: Open Education in Technical, Vocational, and Skills Development

Biography

RORY McGREAL

9615 96A St.                                         email: rory@athabascau.ca

Edmonton AB                                     URL: https://unescochair.athabascau.ca/

CANADA T6C 3Z8

Tel.: +1 (780) 231-0596                        Work: +1 (855) 807-0756

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

2011-present         Professor, Centre for Distance Education,

Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute

Co-Editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance

Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources

2001-2011            Associate Vice President Research, Athabasca University, Athabasca, AB.

1993-2001            Executive Director, TeleEducation NB Télééducation & CEO, NB Distance Education Network Inc.,

1990-1992            Distance education school liaison supervisor, Contact North/Contact Nord, Sudbury, N. Ontario.

1989-1990            Professional officer, Memorial University Faculty Association, St. John’s, NF.

1988-1989            Enseignant,  Basic & Technical ESL program, Polyvalente des Sources CS Baldwin-Cartier, Québec.

1986-1988            Coordinator of technical English Second Language (ESL) program and Computer Assisted Lang. Learning (CALL), Univ. of Bahrain, Isa Town, Bahrain.

1984-1986            Lecturer in technology (ESL). U of Petroleum & Minerals (King Fahd Univ.), Saudi Arabia.

1983-1984            ESL Language Laboratory coordinator. Concordia U., Montreal.

1981-1983            Chair of ESL for Technology, National Youth Service, Seychelles, Indian Ocean.

1979-1981            Président, Syndicat des enseignants d’Eastern Quebec, Quebec City.

1977-1979            High school teacher (aboriginals/francophones), Schefferville, QC; animateur for McGill telecourses.

1969-1972            Itinerant traveller/labourer in Canada, Ireland, and Europe.

AWARDS                                                          

European Distance Education Network (EDEN) Senior Fellow October, 2016

Canadian Network for Leadership in Education Award, from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, Waterloo, ON,  May, 2016

Lifetime Achievement Award, Open Education Consortium, Krakow, Poland, April, 2016

Best Presentation Award Intl. Conf. On Computer Research and Development,  Ho Chi Minh City, 2015

Open Courseware Consortium Award for the OER Knowledge Cloud 2014

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Chair in OER 2013

Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources 2011 (renewed 2014 -2018)

UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources 2010 (renewed 2014-2019)

Int’l E-Learning Award – Mobile Learning, Int’l Conf on Interactive Collaborative Learning, 2011 (team)

Alberta Science and Research Authority Infrastructure Award 2004

New Opportunities Fund Award, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, 2003

Charles & Mildred Wedemeyer award – Distance Education Practitioner Aug. 2002

Elearning Magazine Recognizing the Champions, April 2002

West Virginia Workforce Training Board Honorary Member October 2002

CANARIE Awards outstanding contributions to the elearning program1999 & 2002

TeleLearning Research Network NCE Award 2000

Stellar speaker: Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 2000

Killam Scholarship, Concordia University, 1983

EDUCATION

1992-1999            PhD from the School of Computer and Information Sciences, Nova Southeastern U (Computing Technology in Education).  Doctoral dissertation:  TeleEducation NB: A systems analysis of a province-wide distributed distance learning network.

1983-1985            Cours (3) les ordinateurs et la formation TéléUniversité du Québec.

1983-1984            Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics-TESOL –  Instructional Design) Concordia University, Montreal.

Thesis: A Curriculum development project for the National Youth Service, Seychelles, Indian Ocean

1980-1981            Certificat: Français pour les non-francophones, Université Laval, Québec.

1977-1980            Certificate in Second Language Teaching, McGill.

1977                       Certificate in Russian for Teachers, Pushkin Inst., Moscow, USSR.

1975-1977            Bachelor of Education  & Master of Arts (History) -incomplete, Dalhousie, Halifax.

1973-1975            Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) Russian & History, McGill.

1972-1973            First Year at University of Waterloo.

PUBLICATIONS

Recent books

Miao, F., Mishra, S., & McGreal, R. (Eds.)(2016). Open Educational Resources: Policy, costs and transformation Retrieved from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002443/244365e.pdf

McGreal, R., (2013). Guide to Open Educational Resources. Commonwealth of Learning, Retrieved from http://www.col.org/resources/publications/

McGreal, R., Kinutha, W., & Marshall, S. (Eds.) ( 2013). Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice. Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning   Retrieved from http://www.col.org/resources/publications/Pages/detail.aspx?PID=447

Graf, S., Lin, F., Kinshuk, & McGreal, R. (Eds.). (2012). Intelligent and adaptive learning systems: Technology enhanced support for learners and teachers. Hershey PA: IGI Global. [

Selected refereed Journal Articles

  1. McGreal, R., Anderson, T., & Conrad, D. (2015). Open Educational Resources in Canada 2015. IRRODL, 16(5). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2404
  2. McGreal, R., & Chen, N.-S. (2011). AUPress: A Comparison of an Open Access University Press with Traditional Presses. Educational Technology & Society, 14(3), 231 – 239. Retrieved from http://www.ifets.info/journals/14_3/19.pdf  [90%]
  3. McGreal, R. (2009). A case study of an international e-learning training division: Meeting objectives. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10 (6). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/619/1430
  4. McGreal, R., & Anderson, T. (2007). E-learning in Canada. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 5(1), 1 – 6. [50%]
  5. McGreal, R. (2006). Mobile technologies and the future of global education [Electronic Version]. Open Praxis, 1(1). Retrieved from http://www.openpraxis.com/  [Reprint from ICDE 2005, Delhi]
  6. McGreal, R. (2005, August). Copyright wars and learning objects. International Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 2(3), 151 -163.
  7. McGreal, R. (2004, November).Stealing the goose: Copyright and learning. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 5(3). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/content/v5.3/mcgreal.html
  8. McGreal, R. (2004, September 4). Learning objects: A practical definition. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (IJITDL), 9(1). Retrieved from http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Sep_04/article02.htm [Adapted]
  9. McGreal, R. (1995). A heterogeneous distributed database system for distance education networks. The American Journal of Distance Education, 9 (1), 27-43.
  10. McGreal, R. (1992). The SCAN programme: Bringing distance education to isolated native communities on the James Bay coast 1989-1991. Distance Education, 13 (2), 298-308.

Conferences

R. McGreal has been a keynote speaker, main presenter or workshop leader in more than 60 countries. Below are examples of recent activities.

Canadian

Invited participant. Canadian Commission for UNESCO Chairs meeting and AGM, Montreal, May 2017

Invited Speaker. OER: An International Perspective. ORION THINK Conf. Toronto, May, 2017

Keynote: Why OER? Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conf. Banff AB, May, 2017

Keynote: Why OER? Alberta OER Summit, Edmonton, May, 2017

Invited participant. Hewlett Foundation Meeting, King City ON, April 2017.

Invited presenter, Why OER? Renison University College,, Waterloo ON. April, 2017

Invited presenter: OER for the Future, Norquest College, Edmonton, April, 2017

Keynote: OER for the Future, Maskwacis Cultural College, Alberta, December 2016

International

Invited Speaker? Why OER? Universidad Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico January, 2017

Workshops on OER, Univ. of North Texas,  & Univ. of Texas, Arlington, Dec. 2016

Invited speaker: International Council for Open and Distance Education Presidents’ Summit, Sydney, Nov. 2016

Keynote: Seminar de REL, Festival d’Automne du Numérique, UNT,  France nov. 2016

Keynote: Premier seminar de REL, Univ. de Sousse, Tunisia, Oct. 2016

Workshop on OER: Open U. UK in Scotland, Edinburgh, September 2016

Invited Speaker: Lecture series Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug 2016 (online)

Keynote:International Seminar on ODL Policy formation. AIOU Islamabad Pakistan, May, 2016 (online)

Keynote: Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, Feb 2016

Keynote: Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, Feb 2016

Keynote: Catholic Universidad de Chile, December 2015

All session by Prof. Rory McGreal – UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources

Keynote Speaker 3: Open Education in Technical, Vocational, and Skills Development

10:15 - 11:45
Moderator: Prof. Grace Alfonso – AAOU General Secretary
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