Leveraging Open Education for International Partnerships

Presenter: Karen Vignare, Ph.D., Driector of MSUGlobal VenturesMichigan State University

The adoption and growth of open educational resources presents higher education with many new opportunities. More funders, government and foundations are beginning to expect that resources and research development include open licensing. MSUglobal has worked with faculty throughout Michigan State University to seed an understanding of how to leverage mostly online technologies to improve research, extension and academic programs. International programs are designed with an understanding of current capabilities and long-term growth. These technologies are coupled with a commitment to be open. The presentation will review projects in Africa, Asia, Saudi Arabia and ones which are global.

Advancing open educational resources allows Michigan State to continue a long history of international development. The number of international projects making use of online technologies will continue to grow. The presentation will provide approaches to developing partnerships that leverage the use of technology to achieve deliverables.

MSUglobal ICT capabilities

MSUglobal, http://msuglobal.com/ is an entrepreneurial unit in the Provost’s Office leveraging technology to help faculty and departments achieve their research, revenue and reach goals. The unit has extensive Information Communication Technologies (ICT) experience in online learning, blended learning, knowledge management, open educational resources (OER), international projects, database design and synchronous web conferencing. MSUglobal has won multiple national awards for distance learning, the Food Safety Knowledge Network, and synchronous design of webcasts.

With more than a decade of experience in ICT, MSUglobal has continued to innovate with new technologies and platforms which provide a customized experience for users. MSUglobal goals are to design effective online tools which provide impact, create results and can be sustained beyond an initial launch. MSUglobal works with external and internal Michigan State partners to leverage technology. Some recent projects include collaborative work with King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia, launching an entrepreneurial online certificate for both Saudi and MSU students. MSUglobal also launched a successful massively online open course in metropolitan agriculture. With four African universities, MSUglobal led with OER Africa a successful launch of Agshare, which reinvents graduate student learning by focusing on real community problems and sharing open research through teaching cases, thesis, papers and community brochures.