Last week the 2012 Hewlett OER Grantees Meeting took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, bringing together key stakeholders to address powerful questions regarding Open Educational Resources and open education. With 6 main goals in mind, the conference sought to understand and address the following:
1) Deepening the understanding of OER systems and the factors that influence accessibility
2) Identify ways to increase OER’s impact across cultures
3) Communicate field-wide goals
4) Increase visibility of OER projects among grantees
5) Enrich a community of practice through conversion
6) Develop an action-oriented roadmap to leverage OER’s impact on education
The Berkman Center for Internet and Society brought together some of the most high-powered, thought-driven and creative minded professionals, experts and learners eager to oversee the flow of information from formal to informal learning.
The good stuff came from:
- Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, talked about the Creative Commons and setting a strategic direction to expand the global OER movement.
- SJ Kleim, Director of Outreach for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation tapped into organizing multilingual communities.
- Jutta Treviranus who leads the FLOE Project (Flexible Learning for Open Education), shared her experiences constructing open source communities that support emerging information and communication systems.
- And many, many others.
With a full emphasis on technology, participants were encouraged to use the hash tag #oer12hf to give outsiders a snapshot of the discussions unraveling.
Furthermore, their wiki page served as a place for attendees to add links to papers, articles, blogposts and other OER related items.
- Google Plus Promoting Open Educational Resources in an effort to help students and teachers gain access.
- Educational Week’s piece on International Initiatives that Fuel Open Ed. Content.
- The Polish government’s efforts to roll out a digital school program!
All in all, the site, the conference and the people offer a plethora of thought-provoking material that engages viewers and users on the vast potential of OER.
Keep Calm and Learn On,
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