June 11, 2012

Dr. Michael A. Peters, Internationally Recognized Authority on Open Education, Delivered Lecture on “The Virtues of Openness” at SUNY Empire State College

(NEW YORK CITY, June 11, 2012) – “The Virtues of Openness” was discussed by Dr. Michael A. Peters at the SUNY Empire State College Metropolitan Center as part of the center’s graduation celebrations.

Peters received an honorary degree from SUNY at the college’s Metropolitan Center graduation ceremony the following day.

“We at SUNY Empire State College believe Dr. Michael Peters is very deserving of the title of Doctor of Letters,” said President Alan Davis. “His commitment to social justice and educational policy, and the depth and breadth of his scholarship align perfectly with both Empire State College and the State University of New York’s mission and purpose. Professor Peters is a visionary whose ideas expand our understanding of teaching and learning and of open education in all its forms.”

The term “open education” refers to open-education resources, the assessment of learning outside the traditional classroom for college credit, the impact and use of technologies in learning, distance and online education and many other emerging aspects of teaching and learning.

About Michael Peters

Peters is professor of policy, cultural and social studies in education at The University of Waikato, in New Zealand, emeritus professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and adjunct professor in the School of Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and School of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou University. He is the executive editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory and editor of two international e-journals, Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning and Digital Media.

His interests are in education, philosophy and social policy and he has written more than 60 books, including most recently, “Education Philosophy and Politics: Selected Works of Michael A. Peters (2011); and "Education, Cognitive Capitalism and Digital Labour” (2011), with Ergin Bulut.

His commitment to social justice and open education is evidenced in his many books and publications. Peters has taught and lectured internationally, including as a visiting scholar on five continents, and infuses his global expertise into his erudite writings and pedagogical lessons. Many of his published works have been translated into multiple languages, extolling his global expertise and reach.


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