Dr. Rory McGreal: A Lifetime of Achievement

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Professor Rory McGreal of AU's Centre for Distance Education. He is also the Chair-holder in Open Educational Resources for UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning.

Professor Rory McGreal of AU’s Centre for Distance Education. He is also the the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in OER, among many other titles.

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) recently honored AU’s Dr. Rory McGreal with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented in collaboration with its 2016 winners of the Open Education Awards, held at the OEC’s Open Education Global Conference in Kraków, Poland, in the “Special Merit Award” category — the accolade is typically bestowed to individuals who, during their lifetimes and careers, have made creative contributions of outstanding significance to the advancement of open education.

According to the OEC’s awards web page: “The Open Education Awards for Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education Consortium community. These awards recognize distinctive open education sites, technological innovations, notable open courses, and exemplary leaders in open education worldwide. The awards are announced each year at the Open Education Global Conference.”

Upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement honor, McGreal told AUNewsroom: “I greatly appreciate the personal recognition for my efforts in supporting open educational resources internationally.

“The consistent support from Athabasca University and the province of Alberta has made this possible, along with grants from the Hewlett Foundation, UNESCO Canada, The Commonwealth of Learning, and SSHRC.”

2016 OE Award Winners: Infographic [credit: Open Education Consortium, 2016]

2016 OE Award Winners: Infographic [credit: Open Education Consortium, 2016]

Ardent advocate

As an impassioned champion of the open and online academic genre, Dr. McGreal has an impressive repertoire reflecting his many years of commitment to research and teaching in distance education.

He is a professor in AU’s Centre for Distance Education; the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in OER; the director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI); and a co-Editor of the AU’s International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL). He is also the founder of the OER Knowledge Cloud, formerly serving as its associate vice-president, Research.

The OEC site describes the organization as “a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.”

I greatly appreciate the personal recognition for my efforts in supporting open educational resources internationally. The consistent support from Athabasca University and the province of Alberta has made this possible, along with grants from the Hewlett Foundation, UNESCO Canada, The Commonwealth of Learning, and SSHRC.” ~ Dr. Rory McGreal

It’s mission and vision is to “promote, support and advance openness in education and around the world … and empowerment through education …where everyone, everywhere has access to the high-quality education and training they desire; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good.”

For a detailed outline of Dr. Rory McGreal’s award, visit: http://www.oeconsortium.org/projects/open-education-awards-for-excellence/2016-winners-of-oe-awards/2016-oe-award-winners-special-categories/

 

 

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