Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic is organising Aotearoa New Zealand's contribution to ePIC 2020, the 18th International Conference on Open Education and Open Recognition technologies and practices. The conference will be fully online (via Zoom) and will run across three days - 26th - 28th October. Contributions from New Zealand will start on 27th October.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit contributions in the form of research papers, case studies, work in progress, position papers, workshops, presentations or posters. You are warmly encouraged to submit abstracts and/or attend the conference (which is free). Please also publicise it across networks that you are involved in. The date for formal submission of abstracts has been extended to 30th September.

As the concept of 'open recognition' may be unfamiliar to some, here is an extract from the call for contributions:

"... most of what we learn is learned informally, i.e. outside of institutions of formal education in the open. Consequently, most of the recognitions for learning in the open are also informal. Informal recognition may take many different shapes: praise, pay rise, hiring, promotion, awards and, since a few years, Open Badges, an instrument initially designed to make informal learning visible and is now being used to making informal recognition visible.

How can we recognise the “[k]nowledge inextricably situated in the physical and social context of its acquisition and use”? How can we recognise the people and communities that have produced and/or acquired that knowledge? These questions lead to even more questions:

  • What is the relationship between learning and recognitionopen learning and open recognition
  • How far can learning be opened within the current formal recognition system? 
  • How could informal recognition contribute to opening learning? 
  • How to articulate informal and formal recognition and learning?
  • What role digital technologies like Open Badges have played and could play in opening learning and recognition?
  • How could policies contribute to the opening of learning and recognition?

Contributions can be submitted in one or more of the following tracks:

  • Education
    • Blank diplomas, (no) grades, (alternative) assessment, key competencies, 21st century skills, lifelong…
  • Employment
    • Entrepreneurship and self-employment, job and talent hunting, open hiring, work-based learning, reputation, mobility, learning organisation…
  • Citizenship
    • Civic and humanitarian engagement, individual and community empowerment, activism and hacktivism…
  • Policies
    • Recognition of prior learning, credit transfer, qualification frameworks, national and local curricula, quality control…
  • Social Inclusion
    • learning regions and cities, school drop outs and NEETs, youth at risk, unemployment, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants… 
  • Technologies
    • Open Badges, ePortfolios, social networks, Web of Trust, Verifiable Claims, blockchains…"

One theme which is not explicitly mentioned in the call for contributions but which the international organisers are keen to include is 'culture as recognition' - "we would like to include all forms of artistic/cultural practices in relation to recognition, so to move beyond current practices limiting the recognition of others in relation to our norms (what we expect in relation to skills, knowledge  etc.) but in relation to themselves, as humans with a vibrant culture to be recognised, an invitation to recognise our own cultures."

Please contact Simonne Wood if you have any questions. 



Published on 20 Aug 2020

Orderdate: 20 Aug 2020
Expiry: 9 Sep 2022