Open Education Special Interest Group

Open Education SIG

The Open Education SIG (OESIG) was established in March 2012.

Education has the power to transform lives but too often access is restricted. Among those excluded are those who lack the right qualifications, who cannot pay the fees or who are unable to accommodate a fixed schedule. The Open Education movement seeks to remove barriers to education by freely sharing educational resources and adopting open educational practices.


The remit of this SIG is to support, develop, sustain and influence policy in open education.


Co Chairs: Teresa MacKinnon and Vivien Rolfe
Secretary: Terry Loane


Ella Mitchell
Debbie Baff
Sarah Bridgman
Alastair Clark
Debbie Holley  
Alex Fenlon
Terese Bird
Terry Loane
Pete Collins
Paul Booth
Paul Richardson

Get involved

To join the SIG, please sign up to the mailing list:

Continue the conversation on twitter using #openedsig

We also encourage you to sign-up to the commitment to Open Education which can be found at

*NEW* The Open Education SIG now has a dedicated blog and community space. Visit the Open Ed Blog here:


Forthcoming OESIG Webinars

Thursday 22 September, 2016, 12.30PM - 1.30PM: Open Principles in Education - Bridging Bridges, Empowering communities

Suchith Anand, Nottingham University, will discuss "Open Principles in Education - Bridging Bridges, Empowering communities". Discussion will also focus on open ed survey results and plans, including OEP for sustainability.

Details of forthcoming webinars organised by the OESIG will appear here.


Past OESIG Webinars 

OER16: Preview and publicity - 11 March 2016 RECORDING

Transforming OER into accessible OER - 9 March 2016 RECORDING

What next for Jisc and UKOER in a post-Jorum world? - 7 March 2016 RECORDING

Open education over the pond? Updates from the OpenEd Conference, Vancouver 2015 - 7 December 2015 RECORDING

The Open Academic: What does open practice mean for the practitioner? - 19 October 2015 RECORDING

Findings from the OER Research Hub - 30 September 2015 RECORDING

'Open Guilds' – what can they do for me? - Thursday 2 July 2015

Living and Learning in the Open: Supporting and developing open courses -Thursday 12 March 2015

How Open is Open Education? Removing barriers for all staff, students and other learners - Thursday 29 January 2015 RECORDING

Creating and using video resources for language teaching. (Open Educational Practice) - Tuesday 25 November 2014 RECORDING

Creative Commons - understanding the basics (CC for Dummies) - Thursday 11 December 2014 RECORDING

How to write an OER workshop (for staff development) - Wednesday 5 November 2014 RECORDING 


For more information about the next annual conference please go the OER16 website.