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

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Friday, October 13 • 11:30am - 11:55am
Good Citizens or Obnoxious Tourists: Commercial Publishers, Learner Insights, and the Open Education Community

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Commercial publishers, many re-focused under new missions as "learning science companies," have been rightly criticized for strolling unannounced into the Open Education space with products and services that belie the mission and value of open content. These early attempts should not be reason to dismiss a future in which a shared vision to support teaching and learning features complementary work from commercial education companies and the Open Education community. This presentation will discuss ways in which learning tools, both commercial and free, protected and open, are complementing one another in many classrooms; a look into ways in which that relationship can grow (and the risks of how it can go awry); and will explore how data analytics and learner insights provide a prime opportunity for commercial education companies to become good citizens of the Open community. The talk will be constructed to provide time for Q&A.


Renee Altier

VP of Institutional Strategy, Intellus Learning

Charles Linsmeier

VP, Editorial, Science & Social Studies, Macmillan Learning

Friday October 13, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am PDT