Between 1 and 12 June 2015， ten visiting scholars from nine countries, the UK, Spain, Kenya, Malaysia, South Korea, Ireland, Myanmar, Mongolia and Zambia, successfully completed the Shanghai Open University(SOU) Exchange Program.
Program Dates: 24 August – 11 September
★ Scholarship Announcement Date: 1 July 2015
★ Deadline for Online Application: 22 July 2015
★ Paying Program Fee at Early Bird Rate: Before 31 July 2015
★ Registration: 23 August 2015
★ Program Starts: 24 August 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.