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.

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