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2015 International Visiting Scholar Program 2nd Session Is Now Open For Application

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2015 International Visiting Scholar Program (2nd Session)

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Shanghai Open University, China

 

Under the supervision of Shanghai Municipal Government, Shanghai Open University (SOU) is a new higher education institute different from conventional universities in China, which is providing distance open education to adults with support of modern information and communication technologies. As approved by Chinese Ministry of Education, it has been officially renamed on the basis of Shanghai TV University (STVU) since 2012. The former Shanghai TV University had provided degree education for 350,000 graduates since its establishment in 1960.

 

SOU is offering a 2-week Visiting Scholar Program to the member universities and institutes of African Council for Distance Education, Asian Association of Open Universities, as well as other universities and institutes in open and distance education all over the world in May 2015. The purpose of the program is to promote cooperation between open universities through academic exchange and to enhance the quality of teaching and research in the field of open and distance learning.

 

Size

SOU is offering 10 fellowships in October 2015.

 

Duration of the Program

2 weeks from Oct. 19th to Oct. 30th.

 

Important Dates

Deadline for application: Aug. 23rd, 2015

Notification of acceptance: Sept. 18th, 2015

 

Requirements for Candidates

The candidates for the program

  • Must be a teaching staff or researcher on open distance education.
  • Must possess a master or above degree, and hold the position as an instructor or above in home institutions.
  • Must have fluent written and oral English ability (the working language for all official activities is English).

 

Required Materials for Application (Written in English)

  • Curriculum Vitae (candidates should have advanced English skills and hold a master degree or above)
  • A research proposal of the fellowship program: it could be a study on practices of SOU or a comparative study between SOU and their home institutions, topics may include but are not restricted to:
  1. Quality assurance of open education
  2. Teachers training of open education
  3. Students support services
  4. Recognition of prior learning and credit bank system
  5. Open educational resources
  6. Vocational training and adult education
  7. Community education
  8. Construction of a lifelong learning system in a learning society
  9. Comparative study on open education
  10. Team teaching model on open and distance education
  11. Practice-based teaching model on open education
  12. Instructional design & development in Open and Distance Learning
  • A letter of recommendation from the head of home institutions (President, Rector, Chancellor or Vice-chancellor)
  • A life photo of the applicant.

 

Financial Information

SOU will provide the following for the fellowship:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Living expense allowance (250 RMB per day)
  • Office with telephone and internet access

Home institutions of the selected fellows will cover:

  • A round-trip air ticket between their home country and Shanghai, China

 

Required Health Insurance

All fellows are required to show proof of health insurance for the entire length of their stay that meets specified minimum levels of coverage. Fellows who bring health insurance from their home country must bring a copy of the complete policy in English. If these conditions are not met, they must purchase insurance in China.

 

Fellows’ Activities and Responsibilities

  • Visiting and meeting with relevant departments and facilities(Shanghai Education Resources Center, the university library, Department of Research and Development, Information & Network Management Center, Teaching Affairs Office, Student Affairs Office, SOU branch schools, etc.).
  • Conducting their proposed research.
  • Giving a presentation based on their research conducted during their stay at SOU and the introduction of their own institutions.
  • Submitting a final report (approx. 3000 words) on the outcome of the research to SOU at the end of the program.

 

Further Information

If you would like further advice and submit documents, please contact Ms. Dorothy Tang at the Institute of International Exchange of SOU on email: tanghf@sou.edu.cn, or 2383467916@qq.com, telephone: +86 21 2565 3412, Fax: +86 21 25653267.

Mail Address: Room 402, Building No.1, 288 Guoshun Road,Shanghai, China, 200433

Please also refer to the website of the Institute of International Exchange of Shanghai Open University http://iie.sou.edu.cn for more information for the program.

 

Shanghai Open University

SOU 2015 International Visiting Scholar Program (1st Session)

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2015 International Visiting Scholar Program (1st Session)

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Shanghai Open University, China

 

Under the supervision of Shanghai Municipal Government, Shanghai Open University (SOU) is a new higher education institute different from conventional universities in China, which is providing distance open education to adults with support of modern information and communication technologies. As approved by Chinese Ministry of Education, it has been officially renamed on the basis of Shanghai TV University (STVU) since 2012. The former Shanghai TV University had provided degree education for 350,000 graduates since its establishment in 1960.

 

SOU is offering a 2-week Visiting Scholar Program to the member universities and institutes of African Council for Distance Education, Asian Association of Open Universities, as well as other universities and institutes in open and distance education all over the world in May 2015. The purpose of the program is to promote cooperation between open universities through academic exchange and to enhance the quality of teaching and research in the field of open and distance learning.

 

Size

SOU is offering 10 fellowships in May 2015.

 

Duration of the Program

2 weeks from Jun. 1st to Jun. 12th.

 

Important Dates

Deadline for application: April 30th, 2015

Notification of acceptance: May 4th, 2015

 

Requirements for Candidates

The candidates for the program

  • Must be a teaching staff or researcher on open distance education.
  • Must possess a master or above degree, and hold the position as an instructor or above in home institutions.
  • Must have fluent written and oral English ability (the working language for all official activities is English).

 

Required Materials for Application (Written in English)

  • Curriculum Vitae (candidates should have advanced English skills and hold a master degree or above)
  • A research proposal of the fellowship program: it could be a study on practices of SOU or a comparative study between SOU and their home institutions, topics may include but are not restricted to:
  1. Quality assurance of open education
  2. Teachers training of open education
  3. Students support services
  4. Recognition of prior learning and credit bank system
  5. Open educational resources
  6. Vocational training
  7. Community education
  8. Construction of a lifelong learning system in a learning society
  9. Comparative study on open education
  10. Team teaching model on open education
  11. Practice-based teaching model on open educaiton
  • A letter of recommendation from the head of home institutions (President, Rector, Chancellor or Vice-chancellor)
  • A life photo of the applicant.

 

Financial Information

SOU will provide the following for the fellowship:

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Living expense allowance (250 RMB per day)
  • Office with telephone and internet access

Home institutions of the selected fellows will cover:

  • A round-trip air ticket between their home country and Shanghai, China

 

Required Health Insurance

All fellows are required to show proof of health insurance for the entire length of their stay that meets specified minimum levels of coverage. Fellows who bring health insurance from their home country must bring a copy of the complete policy in English. If these conditions are not met, they must purchase insurance in China.

 

Fellows’ Activities and Responsibilities

  • Visiting and meeting with relevant departments and facilities(Shanghai Education Resources Center, the university library, Department of Research and Development, Information & Network Management Center, Teaching Affairs Office, Student Affairs Office, SOU branch schools, etc.).
  • Conducting their proposed research.
  • Giving a presentation based on their research conducted during their stay at SOU and the introduction of their own institutions.
  • Submitting a final report (approx. 3000 words) on the outcome of the research to SOU at the end of the program.

 

Further Information

If you would like further advice and submit documents, please contact Ms. Dorothy Tang at the Institute of International Exchange of SOU on email: tanghf@sou.edu.cn, telephone: +86 21 2565 3412, or Fax: +86 21 25653267.

Mail Address: Room 402, Building No.1, 288 Guoshun Road,Shanghai, China, 200433

 

Shanghai Open University

 

 

California State University Expert Visits our University for Academic Exchange

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In the morning of 16 March 2015, Professor Sorel Reisman, Head of the International Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Alliance (MERLOT) from California State University was invited to deliver a lecture on “Open Education Resources (OER): A New Challenge for Teaching & Research” in the conference center. SOU’s Vice President and more than 40 teaching faculty and staff attended the lecture. The lecture was organized by both the Engineering Technology Research Center on Open Distance Education and the Teacher Training Center, and was hosted by Dr. Xiao Jun, the Vice Director of the Information and Network Management Center.

Expert from the Open University UK Holds a Seminar in Our University

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On the morning of 14 April 2015Professor Mark Endean from the Material Engineering Department of the Open University UK, invited by the Shanghai Open Distance Education Technology Research Center, held a seminar on The Learning Design of the Open University of Britain in the Open Education Digital Lab. More than 30 teachers and administrative staff attended the seminar.

During the seminar, Professor Mark Endean introduced the Learning Design Methodology (LD) in course design applied by the Open University UK. This methodology encourages teachers to review course design and course delivery, and to reflect on the processes involved. In the meantime, it also helps to consistently improve the learning experience for the course. He also broke down the key elements of learning design, which are constructive learning outcome, learning activity and assessment task, team course design and development method. The attenders also discussed and exchanged ideas after the lecture with Professor Mark Endean on the design method, and how to assess students’ feedback, etc..

Professor Mark Endean also experienced the functions of the Open Education Digital Lab.

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SOU Language Training Classes Taught by Foreign Expert Were Successfully Completed in This Semester

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This semester, we invited Distance Education and Language Expert Dr. Karen Meyers to come and teach  the staff and faculty members of SOU starting from 24 September 2014.

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Dr. Karen Meyers was born in Belgium, holds a PhD in French, and has native-like proficiency in English. Until she came to SOU, she was working as a Coordinator and Senior Lecturer Linguistics and Modern Languages in the Institute of Distance Education, University of Swaziland. Three different language training courses were organized at SOU, namely Oral English, Practical English Writing and Basic French. During Dr. Meyers’ class, students not only had the chance to be immersed into an authentic language environment, but were also vigorously guided to participate in class activities. Dr. Karen Meyers not only taught them language abilities, but also showed them examples of Western culture. In this semester, a special class was meticulously planned and organized on Christmas Day. During the special class, Dr. Meyers firstly introduced the origin and history of Christmas to the students, and then organized a gifts exchange session between the students. Finally, all the students enjoyed a Christmas movie and this allowed them to learn various cultural elements related to Christmas.

The language training program has been a fruitful program for all participants. SOU will continue this language training program in the coming 2015 semester.

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Experts from the Open University of Hong Kong Host a Training Program for Our Faculty on Teaching & Quality Management

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16-19 December 2014, Professor Ye Yaoqiang, Vice-President of the Open University of Hong Kong, Dr. Zeng Wanmei, Vice-Director of the Education Technology Publishing Department, Senior Instructional Design Director Dr. Cai Minghui and Ms. Lu Huihui from the Open University of Hong Kong hosted a training on teaching and quality management. The training was organized by the International Exchange Institute, the Teaching Affairs Management Office as well as the Education and Teaching Management Office. Teachers, Administrators, Heads of respective functional departments and branch schools attended the four-day training.

During the training, experts introduced the teaching mode, teaching and administration resource arrangements, as well as program design and implementation of the Open University of Hong Kong. At the same time, they also made presentations on the topics of teaching resource management, learning materials design and teaching management, course and textbook, quality management and assurance of teaching faculty and teaching outcomes, etc. The attendees of this training program actively interacted with the experts, and they all agreed that the excellent practice and experience of the Open University of Hong Kong were worth learning.

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Professor Arno Puder from San Francisco State University Gave Lectures on Android Development in SOU

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26-29 December 2014, Professor Arno Puder from the Computer Department of San Francisco State University, USA, was invited to give a lecture on Android Development at the School of Information Engineering of Shanghai Open University. Teachers and students in SOU’s School of Information Engineering attended the lectures and actively participated in the discussion, through which they had the opportunity to witness the most developed computer technology from the USA. They benefited immensely from Professor Arno Puder’s lectures.

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Dr. Sharon Ding from the OU in the United Kingdom Paid a Visit & Gave a Presentation during an SOU Seminar

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Dr. Sharon Ding and Mrs. Yang Guangyu from the UK Open University visited SOU on 11 December 2014 and gave a presentation in a seminar with the topic of Online Course Design and Assessment on 12 December at SOU.

Professor Gu Xiaomin, Vice-President of SOU, and administrative staff from the Foreign Affairs Office, International Exchange Institute and Teachers Training Center had a meeting with Dr. Sharon Ding and Mrs. Yang Guangyu. During the meeting, firstly, both sides summarized the Capacity Building and Training program held by the Open University in July 2014. Then they talked about the possibility of further cooperation regarding teaching resources and the preparation of the 2015 continuing training program. During the meeting, they all agreed that the cooperation between SOU and the OU in UK has brought various benefits to both sides, and more cooperation in all aspects will be furthered in 2015.

On 12 December 2014, Dr. Sharon Ding was invited by the Distance Education Engineering Technology Research Center of SOU to give a presentation. More than 40 faculty members from different departments of SOU attended the seminar.

During the seminar, Dr. Sharon Ding introduced the various elements of the learning process and learning support tools of online courses. She also shared online course examples of the Open University, and interacted with the attendees.

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SOU and Open University Netherland Signed a MOU

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During the summit of ICDE SCOP Meeting in Indonesia, 19-21 December 2014, President Jiang Hong had an inspiring and fruitful discussion with Professor Anja Oskamp, president of the Open University Netherlands, about such topics as capacity building, education resource, teacher-student communication, mutual-recognition credits and scientific research. They also signed a Strategic Cooperation Memorandum between the two universities.

Besides this, the SOU delegation for ICDE SCOP Meeting also met and exchanged ideas with IDCE Chairman, President of Universitas Terbuka, Professor Tian Belawati, President Mandla Makhanya from the University of South Africa, Professor Belinda Tynan, Vice-President of the Open University in the United Kingdom and Lisa Daniels, Assistant President of Excelsior College.

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