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UNESCO/ICDE Chair Rory McGreal

Chair Activities

Selected activities of the Chair are listed below; for further information on the Chair's annual activities, see the UNESCO Annual Reports. You can also view selected presentations in the video archive.

Invited Presentations


  • Invited speaker on OER, International Community for Open Education, Beijing, China (Webinar), April 2019
  • Visiting professor Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), March 2019
  • Invited presenter: University of South Pacific, 4 March 2019, Suva, Fiji
  • OER Workshops in Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa for Univ. of South Pacific, March 2019
  • Keynote: Open Education in Technical and Vocational Skills Development. Asian Association of Open Universities, Conf., Hanoi, Vietnam, October 2018
  • Research workshop presentation. Beijing Normal University. Beijing, October 2018
  • Invited speaker, OpenEnergy Symposium, Monterrey, Mexico, October 2018
  • Keynote: MOOC-Maker Conference, Lisbon Portugal April 2018
  • Workshops on OER: Univ. de Piura, Piura, Peru, March 2018
  • Invited presenter: Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador, February 2018
  • Workshop on OER: Univ. San Marcos Medical School; Lima, Peru, February 2018
  • Invited presenter: Peruvian Medical School Administrators: Lima, Peru, February 2018
  • Invited presenter: GO-GN (Global OER Graduate Network), December 2017 (webinar)
  • Visiting Professor: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, November 2017
  • Keynote: UNESCO-NDL Intl. Workshop Knowledge Engineering for Digital Library Design, New Delhi, October 2017
  • Invited Participant: OERu Presidents' Forum, Toronto, October 2017
  • Invited Participant: 2nd UNESCO OER Congress, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 2017
  • Keynote: Why OER? E-Learning Korea, Seoul, August 2017
  • Invited Speaker: Why OER? Universidad Tecnologico de Monterrey, January 2017
  • Workshops on OER, Univ. of North Texas & Univ. of Texas, Arlington, December 2016
  • Invited speaker: International Council for Open and Distance Education Presidents' Summit, Sydney, November 2016
  • Keynote: Seminar de REL, Festival d'Automne du Numérique, UNT, November 2016
  • Keynote: Premier seminar de REL, Univ. de Sousse, Tunisia, October 2016
  • Workshop on OER: Open U. UK in Scotland, Edinburgh, September 2016
  • Invited Speaker: Lecture series Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad, Pakistan, August 2016 (online)
  • Keynote: International Seminar on ODL Policy formation. AIOU Islamabad Pakistan, May 2016 (online)
  • Keynote: Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, February 2016


  • Keynote: OER for Mobile Learning, International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning (ICTML), Hamilton, ON, October 2018
  • Invited presenter: REL et l'avenir de la recherche. Numerique 2018. May, Montréal (téléconference)
  • Invited presenter: APOP (L'Assoc. pour les applications pédagogiiques de l'ordinateur), December 2017 (teleconference)
  • Invited presenter: Canadian Association of Instructional Designers, November 2017 (teleconference)
  • Invited Participant: ICDE 10th Anniversary Chairs Workshop, Toronto, October 2017
  • Invited participant: Canadian Commission for UNESCO Chairs meeting and AGM, Montreal, May 2017
  • Invited Speaker: OER: An International Perspective. ORION THINK Conf. Toronto, May 2017
  • Keynote: Why OER? Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conf. Banff AB, May 2017
  • Keynote: Why OER? Alberta OER Summit, Edmonton, May 2017
  • Invited participant: Hewlett Foundation Meeting, King City ON, April 2017
  • Invited presenter: Why OER? Renison University College, Waterloo ON, April 2017
  • Invited presenter: OER for the Future, Norquest College, Edmonton, April 2017
  • Keynote: OER for the Future, Maskwacis Cultural College, Alberta, December 2016
  • Keynote: OER in Canada, Provincial Territorial Distance Education Association, Edmonton, October 2016
  • Invited Presentation: Online Learning at Regis College, Univ. of Toronto, October 2016
  • Invited Presentation: OER in Alberta. Alberta Blended Learning Conference. Edmonton, October 2016

Other engagements

(R = Refereed paper)
  • R - BlockChain and OER, BlockChain Conference, Lille, France, May 2019
  • Observer at the Special UNESCO meeting on OER, Paris, May 2019
  • R - OER for Vocational Educ. Aus. Council of Deans of Ed. Vocational Education Group Conf., Melbourne, December 2018
  • R - Why OER? ISAN Conference, Sydney, December 2018
  • Impact of OER, Open Ed Conference, Niagara Falls, NY, October 2018
  • Participant: COASP (Open Access Publishing) Conf., Vienna, September 2018
  • Open access in Canada. 22nd International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Toronto, June 2018
  • Access Copyright in Canada, ABC Conference, Vancouver, May 2018
  • 13 Case Studies on OER, Festival of Learning Conference, Vancouver, May 2018
  • R - Impact of OER at Open Ed Global Conference, Delft, the Netherlands, April 2018
  • R - Why OER for Blended Learning, Blended Learning Conference, Warsaw, April 2018
  • R - OER Impact paper presentation, ICDE Conference, Toronto, October 2017
  • R - Intl. Council for Educational Media, Naples, Italy, September 2017
  • Agile Instructional Design paper at Beijing Normal U/AU symposium, Edmonton, August 2017
  • R - European Distance Education Network, Jonkoping, Sweden, June 2017
  • Workshop at The School of Education and Communication, KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm, June 2017
  • Presentation on OER at the Creative Commons Summit, Toronto, April 2017
  • R - OER in K12 and panelist at Open Education Global Conf., Cape Town, South Africa, March 2017
  • R - Why OER? presented at International Conference on Self-Directed Learning, Cocoa Beach, FL, February 2017
  • Participant in 8th Pan-Commonwealth Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2016
  • R - OER in K12. Open Education Conference, Richmond VA, November 2016
  • Participant: Designing Enabling Economies and Policies (DEEP) Conf., Toronto, October 2016
  • R - Why OER for collaborative learning? Intl. Conf. on Interactive Collaborative Learning, Belfast, Ireland. September 2016
  • R - Open education in Canada: A look at post-secondary OER, ABC Copyright Conf., Halifax, May 2016
  • R - OER in the schools. Open Education 16 Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2016
  • R - OER in Canada. Open Education Global Conference, Krakow, Poland, April 2016
  • OER in Canada. CIST Recife 4th Conf. on Information Systems and Technologies, February 2016
  • R - OER in Canada. Technology Knowledge & Society Conference. Buenos Aires, February 2016