Rory McGreal is the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources and Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI). Formerly, he was the Associate Vice President, Research. Previously, he was the executive director of TeleEducation New Brunswick , a province-wide bilingual (French/English) distributed distance learning network. Before that, he was responsible for the expansion of Contact North (a distance education network in Northern Ontario ) into the high schools of the region. His Ph.D. degree (1999) in Computer Technology in Education at Nova Southeastern University 's School for Computer and Information Science was taken at a distance using the Internet.
Rory was the founder of the world's first e-learning website for TeleEducation NB and one of the world's first metadata learning object repositories, the TeleCampus. He has been the leader in the development of the CanCore metadata implementation profile for implementing the IEEE LOM international standard for learning objects. In the past, he has worked in Canada as a teacher and teacher representative, and abroad in the Seychelles , the Middle East and Europe in various capacities as a teacher, union president, ESL technological training co-ordinator, instructional designer, language and computer laboratory co-ordinator, and educational advisor. He has served on the Board of the TeleLearning Research Network of Centres of Excellence, the Commonwealth of Learning 's Knowledge Management Group and the Education Steering Committee for CANARIE, Canada 's broadband research network. In 2002, he was honoured as recipient of the Wedemeyer Award for Distance Education Practitioner. Rory has published numerous articles and book chapters on e-learning.

Recent Submissions

  • OER Policies in Canada: A POERUP country report. 

    Quirk, Diane; Anderson, Terry; McGreal, Rory (2013-04)
    This paper reports on the status of OER policies in Canadian government and higher education institutions, consisting of a POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) Europroject country report on the existence of policy documents ...
  • Introducing MOOCs to Africa: New Economy Skills for Africa Program 

    Boga, Sandi; McGreal, Rory (Commonwealth of Learning, 2014-01)
    MOOCs as a type of globally-networked learning environment (GNLE) could become a very useful delivery model in the developing world – but not necessarily when tied to a specific platform like Coursera. If developing countries ...
  • Knowledge Series: Creating, Using and Sharing Open Educational Resources 

    McGreal, Rory (Commonwealth of Learning, 2013-10)
    Open Educational Resources (OER) are free learning resources available on the Internet. OER can be openly licensed or in the public domain, and can be used or reused for free. They can exist in many formats: text (either ...
  • Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice 

    McGreal, Rory; Kinutha, Wanjira; Marshall, Stewart (COL, Athabasca University, 2013-05)
    Open Educational Resources (OER) – that is, teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free to others to use, revise and share – offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of ...
  • Report on the Assessment and Accreditation of Learners using OER 

    Conrad, Dianne; Mackintosh, Wayne; McGreal, Rory; Murphy, Angela; Witthaus, Gabi (COL, 2013-07)
    This report shares the findings and lessons learned from an investigation into the economics of disaggregated models for assessing and accrediting informal learners, with particular attention to the OER University (OERu) ...
  • Disruptive Pedagogies and Technologies in Universities 

    Anderson, Terry; McGreal, Rory (Educational Technology & Society, 2012)
    This paper is a reaction to the increasing high cost of higher education and the resulting inaccessibility for the millions of potential learners now seeking opportunities for quality higher education opportunities. ...
  • Measuring use and creation of open educational resources in higher education 

    McKerlich, Ross; Ives, Cindy; McGreal, Rory (IRRODL, 2013)
    The open educational resources initiative has been underway for over a decade now and higher education institutions are slowly adopting open educational resources (OER). The use and creation of OER are important aspects ...
  • Cloud computing and adult literacy: How cloud computing can sustain the promise of adult learning 

    Richards, Griff; McGreal, Rory; Stewart, Brian; Sturm, Matthias (Datamatics Global Services Limited, 2013)
    Adult literacy in Canada consists of a patchwork of large and small adult education providers: many of them are autonomous community societies, some are school boards, and others are community college based, as well as ...
  • Report on the assessment and accreditation of Learners using OER 

    Conrad, Dianne; Mackintosh, Wayne; McGreal, Rory; Murphy, Angela; Witthaus, Gabi (2013-09-17)
    This report shares the findings and lessons learned from an investigation into the economics of disaggregated models for assessing and accrediting informal learners, with particular attention to the OER University (OERu) ...
  • NEXT GENERATION: TRANSFORMATION TO A 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY VIA CORE STRATEGIC PROJECTS 

    Kennepohl, Dietmar K.; McGreal, Rory; Ives, Cindy; Stewart, Brian (EDEN, 2012-07-10)
    thabasca University (AU) is recreating itself as a 21st century university. As an open and distance learning (ODL) university, its mandate is to remove barriers to university-level education. This is the vision and ...
  • Findings from a survey of openness in assessment and accreditation practices in post-secondary institutions 

    Murphy, Angela; Witthaus, Gabi (2013-06-07)
    This working paper shares the findings and lessons learned from a small-scale survey on perceptions, practices and policies relating to openness in assessment and accreditation in post-secondary institutions. The study was ...
  • Open Educational Resources: Opportunities for Ontario 

    Contact North (Author, 2011-10)
    Contact North sets out the case for OER and how their adoption can benefit all the key stakeholders in post-secondary education in Ontario. It then considers the challenges that such changes pose for the various groups ...
  • The Anti- IPA Position Paper: A reply from an Educator 

    McGreal, Rory (2013-05-29)
    This paper is a "REVISED" version of a position paper released by the International Publishers' Association. ALL the arguments that they use against OER are in fact arguments supportive of OER and against commercial content. ...
  • OER Readiness Tool 

    McKerlich, Ross; Ives, Cindy; McGreal, Rory (2013-02-26)
    Survey Instrument of OER use by staff at Athabasca University
  • Flexible paths to assessment for OER learners: A comparative study 

    Conrad, Dianne; McGreal, Rory (JIME: Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2012-12)
    This paper highlights the preliminary findings of a one-year research project (2011) that investigated the fit of recognizing prior learning (RPL) practice and related assessment and transfer protocols to projected OER ...
  • A comparison of AU Press with traditional university presses: Two years later 

    McGreal, Rory; Chen, Nian-Shing; McNamara, Tim (ElPub, 2012-06)
    This paper followus up on an analysis conducted in 2010 comparing an open access press with traditional university presses based on Amazon rankings. The findings support the previous research that there is no significant ...
  • Excess copyright: How restrictive copyright legislation impedes technological innovation 

    McGreal, Rory (The Seventh International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology. ICCGI 2012, 2012-06-27)
    This paper explains how copyright laws being promoted by the USA are being used to prevent the development of open educational resources. This includes a brief history explaining the origins of copyright law leading ...
  • The Open Educational Resources Movement:: Free learning for all students 

    McGreal, Rory; Sampson, Demetrios; Chen, Nian-Shing; Kinshuk; Krishnan, Mangala S.; Huang, Ronghuai (IEEE, 2012-07-05)
    In recent years, the term Open Educational Resources (OER) has emerged, aiming to promote open access to digital educational resources that are available online for everyone at a global level [1]. The term was first adopted ...
  • Virtual platforms at Athabasca University 

    McGreal, Rory; Dron, Jon; Ellerman, Evelyn (2012-08-12)
    The Athabasca University environment includes a virtual media lab (the e-Lab) which is an integrated website platform for curriculum enhancement and development, social networking, and pedagogical and disciplinary research. ...
  • "Mobilising" web sites at open university: The Athabasca University experience 

    Wasti, Regina; McGreal, Rory (MLearn 2012, 2012-03)
    This mobile implementation study provides a general idea of how existing Athabasca University sites work with the tested mobile devices and identifies the underlying issues as to why they work that way. Factors considered ...

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