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

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Thursday, October 12 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Table 1 - Sharing Hope A Million Miles from Home: A Fulbright Specialist in Krygyzstan

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In April 2017 I will serve as a Fulbright Specialist on Open Education and Open Educational Resources at the University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. While I cannot say exactly what will happen, I can summarize my understanding of the context, my goals for the trip and hopes for its outcomes.

Nearly every indicator of education (literacy, enrollment, teacher wages, school building infrastructure, etc.) have declined in post-Soviet and newly democratic countries. Rigorous higher education is spoken about on administrative levels but remains out of reach for many students and most people. I hope in my short weeks at UCA to listen and serve well as outside expert, consultant, and advocate. Unlike the program I run here in the U.S. (because I didn't know any better) II hope to begin with open pedagogy as a foundational philosophy. Given the comparative lack of funds available and dearth of non-Soviet learning materials, I also anticipate training library staff and faculty regarding designing/building/attributing culturally relevant open course materials and in exploring tools for assessing campus-level opportunities for engagement in open educational practices.

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Anita Walz

Assistant Dir of Open Ed and ScholComm Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
Royal Ballroom