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Helen Whitehead
29 March 2011

Open Nottingham Seminar: Knowledge without Borders

Following the success of the Open Learning Conference (Nov 2009), the University of Nottingham is once again hosting an international event to examine Open Educational Resources (OER) and the influence they are having on teaching and learning.

It will take place on Thursday 7th April 2011 at 10.00am to 3.30pm and is free to attend.

The event is being funded by the pilot phase of the JISC/HEA UK OER Programme.

Key Notes:

Steve Midgley (Deputy Director, Office of Education Technology, United States Department of Education)

Steve is a key member of the Learning Registry which “makes federal learning resources easier to find, easier to access and easier to integrate into learning environments wherever they are stored — around the country and the world. This will enable teachers, students, parents, schools, governments, corporations and non-profits to build and access better, more interconnected and personalised learning solutions needed for a 21st-century education.” (

Nathan Yergler (Chief Technology Officer, Creative Commons)

“The idea of universal access to teaching and learning resources is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realised. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted. To achieve the vision of universal access, someone needed to provide a free, public, and standardised infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws. That someone is Creative Commons.” (

Since joining Creative Commons in 2004 Nathan has been instrumental in supporting growth in the use and re-use of Open Educational Resources (OER) by educators and informal learners around the world.  

Dr Wayne Mackintosh  (OER Foundation and Founder of WIKieducator)

Wayne will talk about the plans for the OER University. More information about the initiative is available in the Times Higher article: ‘OER university’ to cut cost of degree

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