OpenMed Webinar: Open Educational Practices

Date and time

Tuesday, 5 December, 2017

18.00 CET (CET Converter)

Link to the Webinar

The webinar will run on Adobe Connect (room 3, in English)


Catherine Cronin, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT),

National University of Ireland, Galway


As educators and education professionals, we work in contexts and publics which are increasingly open and networked. Boundaries are blurring between physical and digital learning environments, formal and informal learning, educators and learners. In this webinar, Catherine will explore these challenges in the context of current research and practice in open education, focusing specifically on open educational practices (OEP). OEP is a broad descriptor of practices including the creation, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) as well as open pedagogies and open sharing of teaching practices. As compared with OER, there has been little empirical research on the use of OEP in higher education. Catherine’s research addresses this gap. She has explored the digital and pedagogical strategies of university educators in relation to OEP, concluding that openness is complex, personal, contextual, and continuously negotiated. In this webinar, Catherine briefly explores current issues in open and higher education, presents a summary of her research, and invites participants to share their own ideas and questions regarding the use of OEP in their specific contexts.


Catherine Cronin is an educator, researcher and PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her work focuses on openness and open education, digital identity practices, and exploring the boundary between formal and informal learning. She is currently completing her PhD exploring the use of open educational practices (OEP) in higher education. Catherine has been involved in teaching, research and advocacy in higher education and in the community for over 25 years. Catherine advocates a critical approach to openness; she is a regular contributor to conversations and collaborative projects in the area of open education, within Ireland and globally.