Issue 9
Monday, 02 November 2020
Charles Darwin University
Dr Johanna Funk has been awarded a GO-GN fellowship by the Global OER Graduate Network
Dr Johanna Funk has been awarded a GO-GN fellowship by the Global OER Graduate Network

Fellowship gives researchers global access

By Carl Pfeiffer

A Charles Darwin University lecturer has been awarded an exclusive fellowship gaining her access to a global network which focuses on open education practices. 

Northern Institute lecturer in cultural knowledges Dr Johanna Funk was awarded the fellowship by the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN), which is a group of PhD candidates from around the world whose research projects focus on open education. 

Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness among students.

It combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources.

Dr Funk said her research showed collaboration can help develop educational approaches that are more responsive to a learner’s needs.

 “Open education gives students more involvement and access to their learning, allowing students to gain more engagement and satisfaction out of their education experience,” she said.  

“It’s important for students to contextualise their learning, which will help them pass their exam or assignment.”  

Dr Funk said the six-month fellowship would allow her to share the results from her ongoing research with other experts in the field. 

“It will keep me connected to the global network of open education, practice and resource researchers,” she said.  

“I’ll be doing some reflective blog posts for them and a final report to the network.” 

Dr Funk completed her PhD studies at the Northern Institute in May, evaluating open educational practices in a range of projects.