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: Alastair Clark, Teresa MacKinnon and Vivien Rolfe
Secretary: Terry Loane


Ella Mitchell
Debbie Baff
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:

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

Forthcoming OESIG Webinars

Open education over the pond? Updates from the OpenEd Conference, Vancouver 2015

This free webinar will give a highlight of exciting open education news and practices from the annual 'OpenEd' Conference to be held this year in Vancouver, 18-20 November (#opened15). The webinar will focus on teaching practices, research and policy from the perspective of US, Canadian and international communities.

The webinar will be presented by:

Dr Viv Rolfe from the University of the West of England, who is presenting at the Vancoujver conference on innovation in open educational practice.

David Kernohan from, who is presenting on trends and patterns in open education research over the past decade.

Both presenters will share highlights from their talks and the best from the conference.

Register at:

Past OESIG Webinars 

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.