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Wednesday, July 16 • 12:00 - 13:00
Open Educational Resources and Policy: Overview and Synergies with Fellow Open Movements

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Over the last five years, Open Educational Resources (OER) policies have increasingly developed around the world, creating new opportunities and introducing new challenges. The European "Opening Up Education" initiative, launched last year, brought the idea of open education into the mainstream, while also introducing the potential for "openwashing": thinning out the standards of openness. The workshop will be targeted at people working on the development of open policies, but who are not necessarily knowledgeable about OER. We will start with a global overview of OER policy, a quick snapshot of key cases and models being adopted. In the second part, we will lead a discussion on what is a model OER policy and how it related to other open policies (for Open Access or Open Data, for instance).

Session hashtag:#OKFestOER

This session was co-created by the Open Education Open Knowledge Working Group. This session remains editorially independent as it was put together in consultation with the Programme Team following the same guidelines as for other sessions at the festival.

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Nicole Allen

Hi! I'm Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC and part of the Organizing Committee of OpenCon 2016. My day job is leading SPARC's work on Open Education, including advocating for U.S. federal and state policy, supporting on-campus efforts to advance OER through academic libraries, and international advocacy for open education through the Open Government Partnership. I also help out with organizing OpenCon by coordinating the application and review process, and logistics for attendees. I've been working to advance open education since I graduated university about ten years ago (even before), and have a background in grassroots organizing and policy advocacy.


Delia Browne

Delia Browne is the national copyright director of the National Copyright Unit to the Australian Schools and VET sector and is an expert in copyright law, Creative Commons and OER. She is one of the co- drafters of the Cape Town Declaration on OER and co- founder and President of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU). She is an active advocate of OER in Australia and internationally and is currently leading the advocacy on behalf of the Australian... Read More →

Melissa Hagemann

Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
Melissa Hagemann heads the Open Access to Research and Open Educational Resources initiatives at the Open Society Information Program. She has been deeply involved in the development of the Open Access and Open Education movements, having co-organized the meeting which led to the Budapest Open Access Initiative, as well as the meeting which led to the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, which first proposed the strategy of advocating for... Read More →
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Alek Tarkowski

Director, Centrum Cyfrowe / Communia
Director of the Centre, Alek manages projects for a reform of laws and public policies (policy). Co-founder and coordinator of the Creative Commons Poland, he also acts as the European Policy Fellow for the American organization Creative Commons, which leads the project "OER Policies for Europe". Co-founder and now also vice-chairman of the Coalition for Open Education. Actively involved in Communia, the European... Read More →
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Timothy Vollmer

Policy Manager, Creative Commons
Right now I work on public policy issues at Creative Commons. I also ride bikes and bake bread.

Wednesday July 16, 2014 12:00 - 13:00
Space K2 Kulturbrauerei

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