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

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The Politics of Open Education [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 11

1:30pm PDT

Advancing OER friendly policy in state legislatures

State government leaders can accelerate the adoption of OER in higher ed and k-12, but first they have to know about OER and understand its advantages. This panel will address the best ways you can inform legislators about OER and encourage OER friendly policies in your state. It will feature Hon. Donna Howard, currently serving her seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives, who led the passage of major OER legislation this spring.  Joining her will be Nicole Allen, an experienced grassroots organizer, and Daniel Williamson, an OER Producer. Together, we will discuss the best practices for communicating and working with legislators, explore the key components of OER friendly policies, and outline effective ways to organize and mobilize constituents. We will look at these principles in practice, using OpenStax's work in Texas over the past 3 years as an example of successful OER advocacy.

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Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role, she leads SPARC’s work to advance openness and equity in education, which includes a robust state and federal policy program, a broad librarian community of practice, and a leadership program for open education professionals... Read More →
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Scott Hochberg

Policy Advisor, OpenStax
I served twenty years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, specializing in education issues, and passed Texas first OER legislation, as well as other open government measures. Talk to me about effectively telling the OER story to policymakers.
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Donna Howard

State Rep., D-Austin, State Representative, D-Austin
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Daniel Williamson

Managing Director, OpenStax, Rice University
Daniel Williamson manages the day to day operations of OpenStax, using his extensive experience in academic e-publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination. A Rice University graduate, and passionate advocate of equity in education... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm PDT
Royal C - F
Friday, October 13

11:00am PDT

Sausage Making 101
Why is it so difficult for OER to become government policy? Should it even be? Federal, state, and local governments, institutions, and school districts have varying policies around use of open licenses. Have these policies increased the impact of the resources and improved teaching and learning for students in the US?

Join us as we look at Bills on Capitol Hill and the mechanics of government at all levels. Policymakers from all levels will dissect their policymaking successes and failures and consider the impact of these experiences. Panelists will also help attendees better understand how they can participate in this process regardless of their roles.

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Sharon Leu

Sr. Policy Advisor, US Department of Education

Friday October 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am PDT

3:00pm PDT

Placing OER in the context of broader higher education battles
When it comes to the variety of issues our higher education system is facing today, course materials don't typically hit the top of the list. Most of the decision-makers at universities, foundations, organizations, and in the government are focused on boosting completion rates, managing growing student debt burdens, preparing for changing workforce needs, and addressing equity issues – if they have time to step away from broader fights around immigration, sexual assault, guns on campus, and free speech.

As OER advocates, we're often pushing up against those issues as we battle for airtime or funding for OER projects – and we shouldn't be.

We will be far more effective if we look for opportunities to meet the broader higher education community where they're at: in terms of our strategy and messaging, and in terms of our outreach and targeting.

This workshop will discuss four major topics faced by the higher education community: completion rates, student debt, changing workforce needs, and equity; how our community can better message OER as a solution to those problems, and how we can more effectively organize those outside our echo chamber to champion OER.

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Ethan Senack

Outreach and Policy Manager, Creative Commons USA
As Outreach and Policy Manager for Creative Commons USA, Ethan's focus is on crafting a message and strategy around open licensing, educating decision-makers about its potential, and expanding use of the Creative Commons licenses in the US. Previously at U.S. PIRG, Ethan worked as... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:55pm PDT

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  • Increasing Hope through Open Education
  • Issues at the Intersection of Open and Analytics
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  • Keynote
  • Models Supporting the Adoption Use or Sustaining of OER in Adult Basic Education
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  • Models Supporting the Adoption Use or Sustaining of OER in K-12 Education
  • Open Education in Developing Countries
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  • Research on the Impact of OER
  • Showing Gratitude through Open Education
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  • The Economics of Open Education
  • The Ethics of Open Education
  • The Meaning of Open
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  • The Role of Faculty in Advocating for Supporting or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use
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  • The Role of Students in Advocating for Supporting or Sustaining OER Adoption and Use
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  • What's Next for OER and Open Education