Professor Rory McGreal is the UNESCO/COL Chairholder in Open Educational Resources. He is a professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University based in Alberta, Canada. He is also the director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI). Formerly, he served as the Associate Vice President Research.
He was previously the Executive Director of TeleEducation NB TéléÉducation, a bilingual (French/English) province-wide distance learning network. In this capacity, Rory McGreal’s team implemented the world’s first distance education website, a learning management system and the TeleCampus, a comprehensive learning object metadata database of online courses. For these and other accomplishments, he was given the prestigious Wedemeyer Award for Distance Education practitioner in 2002.
Professor McGreal served on the Canadian Federal Information Highway Advisory Committee, on the Board of the TeleLearning Research Network of Centres of Excellence, the Commonwealth of Learning’s Knowledge Management Group and the Education Steering Committee for CANARIE, Canada's broadband research network. Presently, he is a representative to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Virtual University. Internationally, he is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Observatory of Borderless Higher Education, a Director of the OER Foundation, and a member of the Distance Education Hub, Advisory Group, Australia. He is on the editorial board or a reviewer for a variety of scholarly journals. He has been an invited Keynote at more than 40 Canadian and international conferences.