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

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Thursday, October 12 • 8:30am - 8:55am
Leveraging Open Environments and Individual Passion to Make Progress Outside of Institutions

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Until more traditional educational institutions decide to address the many issues related to open education, we must organize beyond our org charts and work outside of standard institutional infrastructures. Affinity groups organized around shared interests in open education can provide the structure to address pressing but daunting issues that our institutions may not.

In this presentation, we will focus on two such groups. Both groups are addressing needs that are not currently being addressed by traditional educational institutions.

The UW-Madison Open Meetup began when a few individuals noticed activities related to open access, open data, and open educational resources cropping up independently in across campus. Using widely-available resources, they convened a community to share information, interests and energy around openness and the academy. Among this group's successes has been the creation of a related community of practice -- a local users group of faculty and support staff who are all using Pressbooks, an openly licensed authoring and publishing tool.

The Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation is a collaboration intended to build a global, connected network of Open Textbook creators, develop an open textbook publishing process, and create software and tools to support that process. While this community has some dedicated staff support and institutional partners, it leverages the energy and experiences of members from around the world to work toward ambitious goals.

In addition to sharing our experiences with these communities, the presenters will discuss how these experiences can inform creation, development, and sustenance of similar groups.

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Carrie Nelson

Dir. of Scholarly Communication, UW-Madison

Thursday October 12, 2017 8:30am - 8:55am PDT