We heard from four stellar individuals involved in transforming the education landscape through the power of the internet and digital tools, such as open educational resources (OER). The presenters talked about their and other innovative projects rethinking what a textbook is, what a classroom can be, and how a person should learn. Especially enriching was the panel portion of the evening, when all four presenters came together for a thought-provoking discussion about the roadblocks to implementing a more open approach to education, from a policy perspective as well as in terms of practice, including the important issue of how to get teachers, already over-burdened, more involved in helping to build this pool of shared educational knowledge.
Thanks to pariSoma as always for the use of their wonderful space, and thanks to the evening’s presenters for their insight and expertise:
- Brian Bridges, Director of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)
- Amee Godwin, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME)
- Murugan Pal, co-Founder and President of CK-12 Foundation
- Carolina Rossini, Berkman Fellow, Advocate for OER in Brazil, and Peer2Peer University community member