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Monday, May 28 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
OEP in Remote Australian Aboriginal Workforce Development: What translates?

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There is ongoing and increasing interest in learner-created OER and participatory teaching and learning dialogue as part of open educational practice (OEP) and pedagogy. In preparation for economic and workforce participation, remotely placed Aboriginal learners face a complex set of factors to negotiate. Increasing levels of consensual, collaborative, and situated practices in an effort to open up the learning dialogue and community of practice aims to respect learners’ knowledge authority.

4 applied action research projects attempt to embody a number of these forms of OEP. This workshop aims to answer the questions;
• What principles of openness do they practice?
• Can these practices be adapted for localized content?
• How else can the resources be open?

The case studies (media links available https://au.linkedin.com/in/johanna-funk-09937144 ):

*Bowerbird- Djurrwirr: a citizen science social media platform populated with Traditional Ecological Knowledge and photos as a pilot tool for use in remote biosecurity surveillance in Aboriginal communities.

*PreVET: a set of openly available job pathway resources intended for early workforce development, embedding literacy and numeracy into work settings, as showcased by Aboriginal role models in their workplaces.

*Indigenous Fisheries Training Framework and Videos: Learner-created OER and associated training framework adapted to be locally relevant to research partners' requests. This framework aims to streamline mainstream enterprise compliance and complement learning for traditionally embedded aquaculture practices.

*Indigenous Engagement Model for building resilience in Indigenous Communities: A focus on Biosecurity Threats: a model aiming to engage biosecurity officials and traditional owners in functional relationships as research partners in management of incursions onto countryside and food-growing regions.

I will:
  • Introduce resources and context 
  • Discuss with participants how 'open' they are as practices; could they see themselves using these approaches, how could it be translated to their settings?
  • Explore and record participant feedback about which openness principles are practiced (or not) from generative themes identified and perspectives such as cultural responsibility, context immersion, acknowledgement of learner background, variations of openness, and deeper learning potential 


Monday May 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm AKDT
Ballroom 3