Anadolu as a Giga Open University: Higher Education at a Large Scale
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The webinar investigates the transformative journey of Anadolu University in Türkiye from a mega to a giga university, focusing on its role in the open university landscape. It provides a historical overview of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Türkiye and explains how ODL led to the foundation of the Anadolu University Open Education Faculty. 

The webinar further details the university's operational model, technological integration, financial and budgetary practices, instructional model and academic programs, support networks, quality assurance processes, and global outreach. Additionally, it evaluates and justifies the university through the Openness Framework, where it achieves a rating of "very good openness."

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Dr. Aras Bozkurt

  • Aras Bozkurt is a researcher and faculty member at Anadolu University, Türkiye, with advanced degrees in distance education.
  • His research primarily explores distance education, online learning, networked learning, and educational technology, applying critical theories such as connectivism, rhizomatic learning, and heutagogy.
  • He plays a pivotal role in the academic community, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Open Praxis and Asian Journal of Distance Education, and as an associate editor for several prestigious journals in the fields of higher education and technology-enhanced learning, as well as his roles as an associate editor for prestigious journals like Higher Education Research and Development, Online Learning, eLearn Magazine, and Computer Applications in Engineering Education.
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This event will start at 10 AM CEST.
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