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Visiting Fellows in Digital and Open Learning

The Office of Open Learning at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, invites ongoing expressions of interest for the position of Visiting Fellow in Digital and Open Learning. 

The Visiting Fellows are typically experienced academic developers, educators, practitioners, and researchers who are able to take leave from their home institutions to experience higher education in a Canadian institution. We are seeking Visiting Fellows with broad interests including, but not exclusively, in digital learning and teaching, open educational practices, equity, accessibility, ethical educational technologies, decolonization of technologies, humanizing higher education, and the intersection of Indigeneity and technology.  

The fellowship offers the opportunity to:  

  • live, work and learn in a Canadian institution for up to approximately 3 months; 

  • work with the Office of Open Learning team who have a unique focus within Canadian higher education on open education and digital practices in teaching and learning; 

  • make connections and develop lasting collaborations; 

  • bring and learn new perspectives, and share your own experience and knowledge with a new audience; 

  • explore the many cultural and academic institutions close to the University of Windsor in the warmest and southernmost part of Canada! 

Visiting Fellows will be provided a fully furnished apartment on campus for a period of up to three months, as well as space in the OOL offices and support in making connections to the campus and beyond. Please note, the Fellowship does not provide any salary or stipend. Fellows typically share their expertise with campus through workshops and other events as mutually agreed.  

We invite expressions of interest from people from all parts of the globe and across disciplines! These are evaluated on a rolling basis and potential fellows are invited to an initial conversation with the team. Please send expressions of interest and a C.V., or requests for further information to:  

Nick Baker 
Director, Office of Open Learning 

Telephone: 519-253-3000 (4925) 

Office of Open Learning Visiting Fellows


Tom Farrelly 

Tom is an academic developer, particularly in eLearning, and a lecturer at Munster Technological University in Ireland where he teaches in the School of Health and Social Sciences, and is co-chair of the institutional Human Research Ethics Committee. He has a long history of working in e-learning and is particularly committed to supporting the transition of non-traditional learners to higher education (he does amazing work with the Irish Traveller communities), and international students. He’s also an open access advocate, and the Gasta Master (if you don’t know what Gasta is, check it out!). Tom has an academic background in social sciences and education.

Dr. Johanna Funk

Dr. Johanna Funk has always had an interest in opening up education to everyone. When teaching in inner city London UK, Johanna began to research how best to support underserved learners within institutional systems. Moving to remote northern Australia has helped her to continue supporting learners’ skills in a range of contexts and fostered her 2020 PhD in Open Educational Practices with Indigenous Learners and Workforce development. Johanna’s GOGN Fellowship (with the Open University, UK) in 2021 also focused on how workforce competence in cultural studies is supported by Open Educational Practices. Johanna is applying what she learns to her work as a Lecturer, Cultural Knowledges, in capstone and teacher education, renovating curriculum and learning design in the Faculty of Arts and Society (formerly College of Indigenous Futures) at Charles Darwin University in Australia. Dr. Funk’s recent work is asking several broad questions: How is civic and social reciprocity/community practice evolving with artificial influences? How can we keep our humanist intelligence and integrity intact alongside the artificial? How can compassion and pedagogies of care keep shaping authentic learning cultures? How can our practices keep evolving human, educational and intercultural integrity? Given recent years’ emphasis on compassionate and human-centred learning, and now with a frenzied reactivity towards the latest techno-deterministic impacts, she aims to understand how we can build on practices that maintain: strength of learners’ authorship and responsibility, civic impact on/in their/our communities, cultures of authentic learning processes and applied skills rather than content and production / corporate compliance. 

Johanna can be contacted at:  

Learn more about Dr. Funk’s research and work on her research site: