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

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Thursday, October 12 • 9:00am - 9:25am
OER and Learning Research -- a unique capability

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While many efforts and funders in the open space continue to focus on the role that OER can play in expanding access and reducing cost, far too few practitioners are taking advantage of the unique potential of open resources and practice for fundamentally improving instruction and advancing our scientific understanding of human learning. However, open education – both in licensing of materials and in transparency of practice – has unique capabilities for promoting, identifying and advancing more effective approaches in supporting and educating learners. Learning science continues to identify a bewildering array of potential instructional choices that are unlikely to be usefully explored using traditional RCT studies.  A/B testing and in vivo experimentation offer one path for investigating such instructional complexity, but the variations in materials and interventions necessary for these methods demand open resources. But an open practice is equally necessary: the transparency that is at the heart of open instruction and pedagogy is absolutely required for an authentic consideration of what materials and approaches are best demonstrating evidence of effectively supporting learners. This session posits a unique capability of open education to advance a science-based investigation of effective instructional materials, approaches and pedagogies. The session will facilitate a larger discussion of our capabilities and responsibilities as open educators in identifying, promoting and advancing a science-based agenda in serve of improved outcomes for all learners. Participants will co-develop models for combining open- and evidence-based approaches in service of discovery, and will be positioned to better enact science-based research and innovative instructional practice using open resources and practices. Science demands a transparency that only open is positioned to provide.

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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 →

Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 9:25am PDT