World Open Education Conference Comes to Utah
For eight years, the Open Education Conference has brought together the world’s strongest and most influential advocates of open education. This year’s conference, which will be held October 25-27 in Park City, Utah, will include keynote speakers from well-known educational establishments from around the globe, including the United States Department of Education.
Dr. David Wiley, a professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University, founded the Open Education Conference about eight years ago while a faculty member at Utah State University. He continues to serve as the conference’s primary organizer and program chair. The McKay School of Education has been one of the conference’s sponsors for the past three years, and will be providing logistical support for the event.
“Until recently, “explains Wiley, “this was the only conference dedicated to open education. It has been described as the annual ‘reunion of the open education family.’” He adds that this year’s conference will feature some of the most influential people in the field. “Because open education is now so universally acknowledged, we’re inviting a wide range of individuals to present.” Consequently, a variety of topics will be addressed, from open content and courseware to open teaching.
Among the keynote speakers at this year’s conference are two representatives of the U.S. Department of Education. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will describe the critical role of openness and open education resources in the Department’s post-secondary education strategy, and will discuss related Department initiatives as well. Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education, will speak to openness and open education resources as they relate to the Department’s K-12 strategy and to innovation in education more generally.
“The fact that the conference is receiving this level of support from the Department of Education confirms the importance of open education in the future of our nation’s education system,” notes Wiley. “We’re extremely fortunate to have two people of this caliber joining us for the meeting.”
Other keynote speakers at this year’s conference will include Phillip Schmidt, co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University, and Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons. In total, the conference will feature presentations from more than 90 individuals from several countries describing their experiences and discussing their views on open education.
For more information or to register for the event, visit www.OpenEdConference.org/2011.
15 August 2011