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WCELfest14 Keynote

Dr Wayne Mackintosh

Dr John HinchcliffDr Wayne Mackintosh is the founding director of the Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation and is the UNESCO - Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic. He is coordinating the establishment of the OER university, an international innovation partnership which aims to provide free learning opportunities for all students worldwide with pathways for OER learners to achieve credible credentials.

Wayne is a committed advocate and user of free software for education. He was the founding project leader of New Zealand's eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) project ( and founder of WikiEducator ( - an international community of educators collaborating on the development of free/libre teaching materials in support of all national curricula by 2015.

Wayne has extensive international experience in educational technology, learning design and the theory and practice of open and distance learning and a is a strategy innovator with a passion for making educational futures happen.

Find Wayne's full bio on the WikiEducator website.

Source: CC-BY-SA WikiEducator.


Dr Wayne Mackintosh

Keynote Address:

Dr Mackintosh discussed the role of Openness in education including the benefits that Open Educational Resources (OER) can bring for academics and learners alike; the new OER university, an innovative partnership of institutions who are creating pathways for OERu learners to gain academic credit through the formal education system; how OER allows different learning opportunities to emerge in HE; and why Openness is an important consideration as we engage with the future and our next 50 years.

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