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What\'s Next for OER and Open Education [clear filter]
Friday, November 4

1:15pm EDT

FutuOER: Designing the Next Generation of Open Education
What is the future of Open Education? This panel and audience discussion will explore possible visions of open education in 2036, using a series of broadly solicited papers as a starting point. These essays are available at http://futuOER.org — please review, comment and consider in preparation for this discussion.

The "open education" conversation of the last few years has been consumed with the hype of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the use of Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OERs) as the savior for spiraling college costs. However, these discussions obscure an underlying opportunity for Open Education-one that is not driven by a vendor's interests nor governed by the constraints of higher education's traditional models--to focus on demonstrated learning and mastery for the betterment of oneself whether in formal or informal settings.

Combining longstanding approaches from instructional design, psychology and learning science with new affordances provided by advances in technology and data science afford us an opportunity to build the better mousetrap when combined with the core philosophy of the "open education movement." Recent conversations have focused around OER 2.0, but these are mired in the world of today-politics, limitations and hype-to really consider what a truly innovative and game changing innovation might be possible with Open Education. This panel discussion will explore what we believe is truly possible with the understanding, tools and resources at our disposal.

One of the strongest benefits of the "open" of today (whether they be traditional OER, MOOCs, Open Textbooks or anything open) is the scale at which educators, administrators and policy makers at a wide range of institutions are really beginning to pay attention to "Instructional Design 101" in the way they design and construct learning experiences. (Yes, they should have been doing this all along!) Whether they are driven by cost considerations, or the hype of MOOCs many faculty are looking at their courses with fresh eyes. In examining their instructional practice, more and more faculty find the need to rethink the way they've been teaching. This is an incredible opportunity to use open-educational resources, practice, pedagogy, data and more-to build a true next generation learning experience. What if we dare to dream? What does education look like in 20 years if we can side-step existing constraints, use a true open approach and leverage new scientific and pedagogical advances?

At the core of the matter are the following questions: What have we learned or do we know about how "open" can amplify effective learning experiences? And how do we realize these things in next generation of Open Education?

We begin with what we know includes things such as: competencies; learning outcomes; analytics; the power of scale; interactive, feedback loops; limitless formative assessment included in or linked to content; generative learning; linking digital with hands-on/physical; and so on. And continue with what's possible with creative integration and innovative approaches to open education.

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Norman Bier

Executive Director Simon Initiative; Director, Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
Norman Bier has spent his career at the intersection of learning and technology, working to expand access to and improve the quality of education. He is currently the Executive Director of the Simon Initiative and the Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon... Read More →

Una Daly

Director Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), Open Education Consortium
Una Daly is the Director of Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), a partner in Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and the California Zero Textbook Cost Degree program. She also was OER Library Services Manager for the California Open Online... Read More →
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Cable Green

Director of Open Education, Creative Commons
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David Kernohan

The Followers of the Apocalypse
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Brandon Muramatsu

Associate Director, Projects, MIT
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Hal Plotkin

Senior Open Policy Fellow, Creative Commons USA
Particularly interested in strategies for promoting institutional and instructor adoption of open educational resources.
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Katsusuke Shigeta

Associate Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan
Associate Director at Center for Open Education, Hokkaido University. Open Education and Educational Technology
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Kim Thanos

CEO, Lumen Learning
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Willem van Valkenburg

President Open Education Consortium, Delft University of Technology
President of the Board of Open Education Consortium.

Martin Weller

Open University

Friday November 4, 2016 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

2:15pm EDT

Indie as Open: Decentralizing the University with Personal API's
What happens if we break student data out of the bowels of the institution, hand it back to students, and provide them with an API to moderate institutional access? It's a revolt against centralized, monetized, dehumanized data farming (our cultural paradigm?) - and it makes awareness of digital exploitation fundamental to the pedagogical mission of the university.

A Personal API creates a culture of openness, promoting digital literacy by revealing the structures of institutional data-gathering on the one hand and lending students and third party providers the documentation to create their own tools on the other. Sounds something like EdTech going Indie, going Open.

After meeting in March of 2016 at the #IndieEdTech weekend at Davidson College Kin, Phil, Olga, Adam, Erika, and Andrew connected around this two-fold mission of the Personal API. Kin Lane, the API Evangelist, and Adam Croom, Director of Digital Learning at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss the technological and ideological implications of using retainable, reusable, revisable, remixable, and redistributable API's. Andrew and Erika will offer student perspectives, showing that revealing the structure of the institution built for you can only do its job when students design the structures with you. Phil Windley, Enterprise Architect in the Office of the CIO at BYU, and Olga Belikov, a BYU Instructional Psychology and Technology graduate student, will outline BYU's implementation of complementary University and Personal API's.

This panel represents a reclamation of identity and power in education through decentralized data ownership and use.

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Olga Belikov

Student, Brigham Young University

Andrew Rikard

Student, Class of '17, Davidson College

Friday November 4, 2016 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT