Outreach Programmes

1st Series

Topic: “Getting Published in High Impact Journals”

Som Naidu, Associate Professor (Learning Transformations), Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia

Topic: “Developing virtual Collaborative Learning Collaborative Harnessing the Power of Social Media”

Charlotte Nirmalani Gunawardena, Distinguished Professor, University of New Mexico, USA

Topic: “Current Status of the Japanese Institutional Repository in Open Access Activity and its Further Collaboration with Sri Lanka”

Kazu Yamaji, Associate Professor, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Topic: “The Essentials of “MOOC” Phenomena: The Prospects for “After-MOOCs””

4. Tsuneo Yamada, Professor in Department of Informatics & Center for Open Distance Education, The Open University of Japan

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERIRkKUSJo8&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=12

Topic: “Learner support: reflections on paradigms, models and pedagogical approaches for 21st century learners in Higher Education”

5. Godson Gatsha, Educational Specialist in Higher Education, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada


Topic: “Making the University Relevant”

6. Professor Rohan Samarajiva, Founding Chair, LIRNEasia

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbfqzh4fBUs&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=9

Topic: “Distance Education and its relevance to job market”

7. Naveed A. Malik, Founder Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLDeEx6gMcU&t=216s

Topic: “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It”

8. Kathryn Chang Barker, Consulting Education Futurist and Strategist & Higher Education Expert Consultant at Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), State of Qatar

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkL7FNSOQTQ

2nd Series

Topic: “Point-of-Care Devices for Diagnosing Infectious Diseases”

1. Wamadeva Balachandran, Research Professor, Brunel University London, UK

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7o4GltqR0A

Topic: “Taming Knowledge Explosion through Conceptual Teaching and Learning”

2. Nancy Ridenour, Dr. Jenny Vacek & Dr. Judy Liesveld, University of New Mexico, USA

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOGPlOQoB0w&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=5

3rd Series

Topic: “The meeting of so many nationalities with such earnestness of purpose”

1. Emerita Margaret Allen, Professor in gender studies, University of Adelaide, South Australia.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQC1MIoUggw&t=2s

Topic: “The Futures of Distance Education”

2. Ormond Simpson, Visiting fellow, London University

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z49TIr5o9Kk&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=3

Topic: “Meeting of the minds: A psychological perspective on culture and international education”

3. Brian Haas PhD, Assistant Professor of psychology, University of Georgia, USA.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EuKFXPuAu8&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=2

Topic: “Quality Assurance and Sustenance in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs): an overview”

4. Srinivasa Rasgavan, Professor, Head of the Department of Library and Information Science and the chair of the School of Library & Information Science, Bharathidasan University, India

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEncdTUJlRk&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=1

4th Series

Topic: “Microbiome, the future of Medicine”

1. Janaki Lelwala Guruge, Senior Research Scientist, Center of Genome Science and Systems Biology, Washington University School of medicine, USA.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4_WGSrZ5U&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=17

Topic: “Mainstreaming Disaster Education and Research in Open and Distance Learning” (8th February 2018)

2. Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain, PhD –


Topic: “Ethics in Psychology: Global and Sri Lankan contexts”

3. Jeanne Marecek, Senior Research Professor in psychology, Swarthmore College, USA

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNCcR3GreA&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=16

Topic: “The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science”

4. Rajiv Jhangiani, Special Advisor of the Provost on Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SedZeaXNEmY&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=19

5th Series

Topic: “Latest Trends in High Rise Building Design & Construction”

1. Priyan Mendis, Senior professor of infrastructure Engineering in University of Melbourne, Australia, Leader of Advance Protective Engineering Structure, Director of Australian Research Council

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITOtDTEhN50&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=20

Topic: “Use of Learning Analytics in ODL”

2. Bart Rienties, Professor of Learning Analytics, The Open University, UK

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=703QjVy963c&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=21

Topic: “Trends in Open, Distance, and Online Learning in Indonesia – with a specific reference to University Terbuka”

3. Aminudin Zuhairi, Senior Lecturer of Open and Distance Education, University of Terbuka, Indonesia

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soLTtVIqJvg&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=23

Topic: “An Overview of MOOCs in India”

4. Jeetendra Pande, Assistant Director-Research, Assistant Professor- Computer Science Department, Utkan open University, India

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBZon88uJPA&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=24

6th Series

Topic: “Affordable Health Care Solutions for Developing Countries: Design & Development of Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering” (22nd January 2020)

1. Muhammad Yar


 Public Lectures by Vising Fellows 

Topic: “Learner Support Services”

1. Saumya, Assistant Professor at School of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU0Rqg40gjg&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=25

Topic: “Quest for functional strategies in online teaching: policy approach”

2. Md. Fakhrul Islam Patwary, Assistant Professor at School of Social Science, Bangladesh Open University

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anZ4gNgkCyI&list=PLkgf3F2zyuJQCu0x0cThF7535r3Y6FpS1&index=26


OUSL is a member of the Asian Association of Open Universities and in 2020 and we will host the 34th Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities in 2021.

The University is striving to create an outstanding and distinctive intellectual, social and physical environment where in research, scholarship and learning in all students and staff reach their potential. Foreign trainings are often integrated into the capacity building programmes of the staff and students.

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