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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 2010 Grantees Meeting

7 April 2010 - 9 April 2010
Yale University, New Haven, USA

Open Educational Resources in Policy, Views from Around the World

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Karen Cropper
29 March 2010

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, in partnership with Yale University, has invited representatives from funded projects to join us on the historic Yale campus for the 2010 Open Educational Resources Grantees Meeting, which will take place April 8-10. In light of the dramatic increase of interest in open educational resources on the part of government and international policy makers during the last year, the overarching theme will be “Open Educational Resources in Policy, Views from Around the World.” We’re sure this conference will be thought-provoking and informative.

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Thursday, April 8

3:00 pm Check in at the Omni Hotel (155 Temple Street, New Haven map)
A map of the Yale Campus will be provided at check in.  Conference events will take place in Yale campus buildings a few blocks from The Omni.

3:30-5:00 pm Conference registration desk open (Omni Hotel)

3:45-5:00 pm Guided tour of Yale campus (in order to reserve the proper number of guides, grantees must sign up in advance through the conference web site)
Self-guided tours of Yale museums and galleries (general information will be available in conference packets). Guided tours begin from the Visitor Center.  

5:30-8:00 pm Welcome reception and buffet dinner
Informal welcome remarks: Linda Lorimer, Yale University and Barbara Chow, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library)

Live music by the Yale Spizzwinks

8:00 pm Informal networking on your own in various locations

Friday, April 9

7:45-8:45 am Conference registration and continental breakfast
(Loria Hall, 190 York St. map and directions)

8:45-9:15 am Official Welcome
Diana E. E. Kleiner, Yale University (plus using cloudworks Patrick McAndrew, The Open University)
Barbara Chow and Vic Vuchic, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Loria 250) - notes in general cloud.

9:15-9:45 am Keynote Address – The Obama Administration's OER Policies and Programs Hal Plotkin, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Dept of Education (Loria 250)

9:45-10:15 am Break

10:15-11:45 am Panel: Domestic OER Related Policies: Opportunities and Challenges Across Levels
Moderator: Phoenix Wang, Co-Founder, Startl (Loria 250)                                    

11:45 am -1:00 pm Box Lunch:  “Birds of a Feather” Roundtables (St. Thomas More Center map)

1:00-2:30 pm Panel: International OER Policy: Sharing Goals and Objectives Across Countries
Moderated by: Melissa Hagemann, Senior Program Manager, Information Program, Open Society Institute (Loria 250)

  • Abel Caine, Program Specialist, Section for ICT in Education, Science and Culture, Information Society Division, UNESCO
  • David Kernohan, UKOER Programme Manager, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Catherine Ngugi, Director, OER Africa
  • Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, Director, OER Foundation
  • Ben Janssen, Senior Policy Advisor, Open University of the Netherlands
  • Carolina Rossini, Coordinator, OER Brazil & Fellow, Berkman Center at Harvard University

2:30-3:30 pm Working break-out sessions for attendees on a mix of the issues raised by both panels

1. State-level funding opportunities, Facilitators: Doug Levin, State Educational Technology Directors Association, Linda Pittenger, Council of Chief State School Officers, and Linda Wallinger, Virginia Dept of Education (Loria 250)
2. Federal-level funding opportunities, Facilitators: Reg Leichty, Education Counsel, Hal Plotkin, U.S. Department of Education (Loria 351)
3. Cross-national collaboration, Facilitators: Ben Janssen, Open University of the Netherlands & Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation (Loria B50)
4. OER Messaging, Facilitator: Susan Patrick, iNACOL (Loria 358)
5. Issues of Quality in OER (K-12 Focus), Facilitator: Doug Sovde, Achieve, Inc. (Loria 259)

3:30-4:00 pm Debrief on break-out sessions (Facilitators)

4:00-5:30 pm Poster session / project showcase (Loria B51)                                   

6:30-8:00 pm Conference dinner (Presidents Room, Woolsey Hall map)                

8:00 pm Informal networking on your own in various locations

Saturday, April 10  

7:45-8:30 am Continental breakfast, Loria Hall

8:30-9:30 am Update from The Hewlett Foundation
Barbara Chow, Vic Vuchic, and Kathy Nicholson, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Loria 250)

9:30-10:30 Break-out sessions

6. How can OER change teaching and learning practices to support Deeper Learning? (Loria 250)
Facilitators: Lisa Petrides, ISKME, and Bob Lenz, Envision Schools

  • Assessments
  • Curriculum, textbooks
  • Professional development
  • Instructional strategies
  • Other innovations

7. What kind of research is necessary to demonstrate OER can help create better learning outcomes? 
(Loria B51)
Facilitators: Patrick McAndrew and Simon Buckingham-Shum, Open University UK, and Candace Thille, Carnegie Mellon University

  • What metrics should we be measuring?
  • How do we gather impact data in an open environment?
  • Who are the audiences for this research?

8. How can OER improve its value proposition for incumbents and for emerging models across sectors? 
(Loria B50)

Facilitators: Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation, and Nick Punt, Inigral, Inc.

  • How does the OER change business models?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?
  • How can OER improve its value proposition to end users?

9. Open Meeting Room (Loria 358)

10. Open Meeting Room (Loria 259)

10:30 –10.45 am Brief break

10:45-11:15 am Debrief on break-out sessions (Facilitators)

11:15-12:00 pm Keynote AddressAnya Kamenetz, Author, DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education and Staff Writer, Fast Company (Loria 250)

12:00-12:15 pm Wrap-up comments

12:30 pm Conference officially ends (Box lunches provided)

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