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Open education focuses on making resources and knowledge accessible to and usable by everyone; however, this goal can be met in different ways. This webinar will invite you to consider different ways of viewing openness in your own research. To begin, Lorri Weaver will share her research project, engaging communities in collaboration through online communities of inquiry. At its core, this research is aimed at making community engagement more accessible to individuals who are inhibited from attending face-to-face, synchronous events. Current participatory guidance does not include recommendations relating to online methods that allow the co-construction of knowledge and exploration of issues. The study seeks to determine if the community of inquiry model could be applied to bring community members together online to collaborate on community issues. Openness can be seen in collaborative community engagement and the community of inquiry model which both aim to bring people together to co-construct knowledge, the goal of the research to make these collaborative opportunities accessible to everyone, the application of free, open tools as well as the goal of sharing a successful educational model with another field.
Lorri Weaver is currently completing her Masters of Education at Thompson Rivers University. She served in the Canadian Forces as an Aerospace Engineering Officer from 1999-2019. During this time, her work experience included junior officer training, personnel management, training design and development, aviation maintenance, aerospace test and evaluation, aircrew standards, and airworthiness certification. She also holds an MSc in Human Factors and a Graduate Diploma in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Design.