This week is Open Education Week 2013! It runs from Monday March 11th through Friday the 15th, with the goal of “raising awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide.” Whether you are new to open education or an experienced educator looking for new ideas, you can “connect, collect, create, and share” through a series of local and online sessions and resources.
This Year’s Schedule
Think of the week as a professional development opportunity with three types of webinars offered: research and initiatives, roundtable discussions, and training sessions. Everything is free to access and there is no charge to attend any of the live events.
You can view the online schedule in multiple formats, bookmark sessions you’d like to attend, and add them to your calendar. A list of speakers is also available. As you browse the schedule, keep in mind that these events are happening globally and the times presented are in GMT (a time conversion link is also provided).
Here are just a few of the webinars that may be of interest to you as an online instructor in higher education:
- New Global Open Educational Trends – Policy, Learning Design, and Mobile: (Monday) Join this panel from the University of Leicester’s Beyond Distance Team via Adobe Connect to discuss developments and current issues.
- Using MERLOT to Find High Quality Open Educational Resources: (Monday) Led by Cathy Swift, MERLOT’s Director of Academic Services, this Blackboard Collaborate session addresses how to find and incorporate the peer reviewed materials catalogued by this community.
- Interactive Learning with Wolfram Technologies: (Tuesday) “Explore the power and possibilities of Wolfram’s open resources” including the Wolfram Education Portal.
- Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses – What’s New for Education?: (Wednesday) Join Cable Green, Creative Commons’ Director of Global Learning, for an update on licensing changes that affect open education.
- Validating the Learning Obtained through Open Educational Resources: (Thursday) Educators from SUNY Empire State College share their open education initiatives to increase access and affordability “through the principles of prior learning assessment.”
- What’s Next? An Open Discussion about Open Education: (Friday) This virtual roundtable takes place via Google Hangout. “Share your thoughts, reactions, or future plans to expand open education in your part of the world.”
Different platforms and technologies are being used throughout the week, so check the description for each session you are interested in attending for detailed instructions on how to access it.
This week’s Inside Online Learning chat (#IOLchat) features a discussion of Creative Commons licenses and tips for remixing open educational resources for use in your courses and assignments with guest host Billy Meinke. Join OnlineCollege.org on Wednesday, March 13th at 12pm ET to share your questions and ideas via Twitter.
Spread the Word
Through the many options available through Open Education Week, you can participate and share what you are doing and learning by:
- Using the #openeducationwk hashtag.
- Registering as an attendee and adding your profile to the directory. This is an optional step that could lead to new networking opportunities.
- Writing about what you’ve learned in a blog post or for an article submission.
- Sharing found resources with other instructors in your department or organization.
- Posting your activities and favorite resources through your extended professional network on LinkedIn, Google+, and Facebook.
Explore the Open Education Week 2013 website and consider setting aside time to explore at least one open education resource this week.
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