OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Thursday, October 12 • 11:00am - 11:55am
This Hidden Market is the New Majority: What OER Creators Need to Know About the Unique Needs of Adult Learners

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Stemming from the ongoing Power in Numbers project from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), subject matter experts and program staff will come together to discuss the state of OER in adult education, and what OER creators need to know to serve the needs of this underserved market segment. With a focus on the unique needs and learning styles of adult learners - a massive and underserved market segment, the panel will communicate lessons learned from the project's research activities and teacher user groups. Panelists will include OER experts, adult learning experts, and representatives from federal work on OER in adult ed. Discussion topics will include the importance of resource contextualization, andragogy and adult learning style, and how materials can be adapted for the adult audience. Aimed at an educator and OER creator audience, this panel will give listeners actionable advice on bridging this crucial and underserved segment, as well as insight and wisdom gained from the panelists' collective years of passionate service to the adult learner community.

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Amee Evans Godwin

Senior Advisor, ISKME
Senior Advisor at ISKME, I have been active in directing applied research and facilitating networks focused on open educational practice, professional learning and strategic action for over 15 years. I was the founding Program Director of ISKME's digital public library, OER Commons... Read More →
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Gerry Hanley

Assistant Vice-Chancellor, ATS, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Administrator for the California State University system of 23 campuses serving 479,000 students. Executive Director of MERLOT, a free and open educational library and service center for K-12 and higher education. Director of SkillsCommons, a free and open educational library and... Read More →
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Christopher Harper

Senior Analyst, Luminary Labs
Working with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to enhance the teaching and learning of adult mathematics through OER. Check out the Power in Numbers project: https://lincs.ed.gov/professional-development/federal-initiatives/powe... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am PDT