Dr. Shironica Karunanayaka
Shironica P. Karunanayaka is Professor in Educational Technology at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL).
She was former Dean at the Faculty of Education from 2012 to 2015 and has been an academic at OUSL since 1993.
Prof. Karunanayaka holds the Degree of Doctor of Education from the University of Wollongong, Australia, specializing in Information Technology in Education and Training.
She also holds a first class in the Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the OUSL with an award of the Gold Medal for Best Performance.
Being an active researcher, Dr. Karunanayaka has many publications in both national and international fora.
Her research focus is mainly in the areas of ICT in learning and teaching, educational technology, instructional design, and OER.
She serves in several editorial review panels of national and international journals and conferences.
She is the Project Coordinator and Co-Lead Researcher in the ongoing research project on OER Impact study implemented at OUSL, under the IDRC-funded ROER4D Project.
Title: Towards Open Educational Practices: Possibilities and Challenges
The concept of ‘openness’ in education is based on the value proposition that knowledge should be shared - freely, openly and equitably.
The advent of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, has extended this ‘opening up’ of education to the way educational resources are used and shared.
The opportunity to adopt varying degrees of openness in the use of educational resources through open licensing, augmented with emerging open technologies,
have empowered teachers and learners to become more creative and innovative in their educational practices. This shift of emphasis on ‘practices’ rather than
just ‘access’ to resources, promotes the notion of Open Educational Practices (OEP). Whereas OER focuses on availability of resources, OEP focuses on how openness can be practiced through the use,
creation and management of OER via innovative pedagogical methods. Implementing OEP in such a way to promote a culture of collaborative practices is challenging in the best of circumstances.
Carefully designed OER-based e-learning environments, based on innovative pedagogical models offers a viable solution and a way forward. This presentation will discuss the significance of innovative pedagogical designs that promote authentic,
situated, learning-centric, task-oriented, peer-based, creative and reflective learning, together with the integration of different forms of OER in different ways. It will emphasize the need for changing mindsets, roles and responsibilities of individuals and institutions in opening up educational practices.