This virtual panel discussion was held in celebration of International Education Week, which is
an annual opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international
education and exchange worldwide, and there is much the scholarly
community can do to further these aims. Publishing open access is one way, but there is growing recognition of the need for more open, transparent practices across the research lifecycle.
Many use the term “open scholarship” or “open science” to encompass
these practices across the applied sciences, natural and social
sciences, and the humanities. The 2021 UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science
is grounded in five “open” pillars: knowledge, infrastructures,
communication, engagement of societal actors, and dialogue with other
knowledge systems. These open practices are essential to
community-based, socially-responsive research.
The panel featured three leaders in the global advancement of open research practices, who co-authored the 2020 Canadian Commission for UNESCO brief
“Open Science Beyond Open Access: For and with Communities, a Step
Towards the Decolonization of Knowledge.” It was
followed by a question and answer period.
Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams presented on “Openness to
Indigenous Ways of Knowing.” She is Professor Emerita of Indigenous
Education, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria and
Canada Research Chair in Education and Linguistics. Throughout her
career as an educator she has promoted Indigenous knowledge in the
Sciences and sought the inclusion and involvement of Indigenous students
in all areas of Science. She is a highly respected indigenous elder
from the Lil'Wat Nation from British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Rajesh Tandon presented on “New Delhi-Openness to Community
Knowledges.” Dr. Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and
practitioner of participatory research and development. He is
Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a global
centre for participatory research & training. He is also Co-Chair of
the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility
in Higher Education since 2012. The UNESCO Chair grows out of and
supports UNESCO’s global lead to play "a key role in assisting countries
to build knowledge societies." Dr. Tandon also heads the Forum for
Indian Development Corporation (FIDC) as its Chairperson. He is
Chairperson of the Committee to carry out appraisal of the UGC scheme
under 'Unnat Bharat Abhiyan' and Member of Expert Group for Development
of Educational Framework for Global Citizenship in Higher Education
Institutions, constituted by the University Grants Commission.
Dr. Budd L. Hall presented on “Challenging the Pay Walls of
Academic Knowledge.” He is Professor Emeritus at the University of
Toronto and University of Victoria and the Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair in
Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.
Dr. Hall is a settler Canadian with a lifetime interest in issues of
knowledge, action and learning. His research interests cover fields of
participatory research, decolonization of higher education, knowledge
democracy, adult education, social movement learning, poetry and social
This event was co-sponsored by the Rainbolt College
of Education, Native Nations Center, Office of the Senior Vice President
and Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and
Partnerships, Boren College of International Studies, and University Libraries.