Invited Presentation

Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey
August 31, 2015
Topic: University Social Responsibility (USR): Identifying an ethical foundation within higher education institutions
Abstract: Social responsibility is a responsibility not a requirement, of an organization for the impact of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behavior that contributes to sustainable development, health and the welfare of society; which takes into account the expectations of stakeholders, is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behavior, and is integrated throughout the organization and practiced in its relationship. By promoting sustainable development practices in the management at higher education institutions, universities can demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility practices. It should be embedded as part of the university’s philosophy as a way of being, operating, and practicing. Social responsibility should be embedded into the core values and functions of universities’ practices at every level. This presentation explores the concept of university social responsibility (USR) and presents the SCOPE framework for identifying ethical issues in our modern day complex global world.


Ege University, Izmir Turkey
Seminar Discussion in College of Education
August 25, 2015
Topic: Trends and Issues in OERs and MOOCs
Abstract: The Internet revolution has facilitated the concept of openness now more than ever. A number of current technologies support the paradigm of modern education in terms of creation, communication, and collaboration. Various open educational learning resources, tools, and pedagogical approaches are used in teaching and learning. Open educational resources (OERs) is one of examples that represent a global phenomenon in an innovation approach that promote unrestricted access as a possible solution for bridging the knowledge divide in higher education. OERs open up opportunities to create, share, and facilitate learning and ethical practice by creating, using, and managing by offering a wider array of educational resources among a greater diversity of global learners. Its trends and movements have become more prominent as not only a phenomenon but as a way of improving the quality of education. OERs alone are not sustainable on their own dimension. It has to combine concepts from different inter-disciplinary areas such as education for sustainable development and business perspectives. Therefore, this seminar focuses on the discussion of current trends, issues, and example of current global practices of OERs and MOOCs.

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