OpenEdInfluencers, or OEIs, are “ambassadors of and for Open; who increase awareness of Open Educational Resources, and who facilitate the adoption, creation and licensing of OER.” As quoted in the Mail and Guardian story, Gino said:
The #OpenEdInfluencers project aim is to empower others to activate personal, community or professional development goals related to the [UN’s] sustainable development goals (SDGs), by doing something about achieving it. The underpinning philosophy is professional change through actions.
The university aims to recruit students as influencers to empower them to enter the workplace with practical knowledge and experience, enabling work to begin immediately.
In its four years, ten OEIs have completed the program and nine of them have found employment in the education sector. Nelson Mandela University is recruiting now to add for more OEIs to the program.
Please share our congratulations with Gino via a reply below. Please also use this space to ask questions about the OEI program, the Becoming an Open Education Influencer course, or maybe it might take to establish a similar program at your institution.
Congrats Gino! I love that you’re rocking an OEConsortium I OER button! I never remember to wear my buttons, but I have that one, plus some OER buttons from College of the Canyons, and of course, my Nelson Mandela University pin on a bulletin board above my desk.
What a lovely thing to see on here, thank you @cogdog Alan!
Yes, it’s been a great opportunity to platform the work we do, and the article has led to some interesting requests for more.
Likewise, the opportunity to speak in person at the Knowledge Equity Network summit at Leeds University #KEN2022 was one of my career highlights so far. Watch out for more!
Thanks to everyone for their generous words and sustained support for me, and our journeys into the #Open.