INDIA – CANADA CONFERENCE ON OPEN AND FLEXIBLE EDUCATION Mumbai, Feb.20-22, 2013 Open Education in Canada Matiul Alam MET Program, UBC email@example.com
The Canadian Context• Canada as a country• Canadian Education System• Open and Distance Learning Provisions - Historical Perspective
UBC at a Glance56,382 students on two campuses, Vancouver and Okanagan8,437 international students11,257 degrees granted in 2010/2011$10 billion in economic impact$549 million per year in research funding149 companies spun off from UBC research275,000 alumni in 120 countries13,893 faculty and staff22nd in world university rankings, one of three Canadian universities in the top 401st Canadian university to achieve targets set by Kyoto Protocolwww.ubc.ca/facts
Open and Distance Learning ProvisionsHistorical PerspectiveSome Examples of ongoing programsThe MET ProgramALGC Program
The MET Programhttp://met.ubc.ca/http://edst.educ.ubc.ca/future/algcSome other programs and issuesOpen Source Movement
Learning through Interactive Voice Educational System(LIVES, A UBC & COL project)Goal of LIVES is to provide low literate and evenilliterate people in developing countries with – An asynchronous learning tool based on auditory cues utilizing the existing telephony/mobile infrastructure – Easy-to-use Learning Management System & Learning Content Management System
LIVES is a set of optimized computers equippedwith specially designed software and hardware to deliver educational material over the phone. Each of LIVES components were decided to be designedwith certain goals in mind, including:1. Ability to provide pre-recorded learning material to specific groups of people at specific times in specific ways. 2. Asynchronous: students can learn attheir preferred time.3. Bidirectional: students can answer to the questionsand system can respond instantly. 4. Does not requirestudents to purchase special equipments. 5. Ability totrack user progress.
Rumana: A success story due to institutional support & innovations in communication technologies!
Rumana Uses JAWS software• JAWS (Job Access With Speech) converts your computer into a talking computer. It reads out all the matter that is on the computer’s screen through your computer’s speakers/ headphones, thus enabling a visually challenged person to use the computer independently and work on all MS Windows applications.
Inclusive approach to distance learningAccessibility Checklist:• http://wiki.ubc.ca/AccessibilityChecklistEmbracing cultural diversityhttp://wiki.ubc.ca/Embracing_Cultural_Diversity_OnlineUsing iod, iPad, ….http://dotsub.com/view/baadbaf9-cf33-4d37-9536-fd11d632370bSource: Producer: Roger Hudson, Russ Weakley, DavidWoodbridge
"An Enlightened Woman is a Source of Infinite Strength" (Prof. Vasudha Kamat)
Worthwhile Knowledge is the destination NO MATTER HOW WE GET IT OR MAKE IT as President Abul Kalam has said:Beauty of knowledge is in it’s usefulness, not in the mode of transportation
Educating is a way of loving othersMost importantly, we mustlove humans irrespective ofwho they are, where they are,and make education availableto them in every possibleway. It is everyone’s life longright. We just need to extendour hands very far with loveto celebrate all our livestogether! Open and distancelearning, if flexible, canempower our extended handsfar beyond our imaginations.