The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, are organising the Hewlett Foundation's 2012 Open Educational Resources Grantees Meeting, which will take place in Cambridge, MA on April 10-12, 2012. Contributors will include a multidisciplinary group of grantees, teachers, administrators, hackers, advocates, funders, and policymakers. (Image 'Claims Garden' at Hewlett Grantees Meeting in 2011 by olnetchannel )
OER are becoming an increasingly rich and promising source of teaching and learning materials, with rapid global growth across widely varied learning environments, communities, and contexts. While more important work remains to be done on all fronts, the OER movement has matured from innovative upstart to an important driver in the field of education. At this point, teachers, administrators, advocates, funders, and policymakers are looking for ways to strategically leverage the impact of existing and future open resources—including content, tools, and implementing resources—on education.
Against this backdrop, the 2012 Hewlett Foundation Grantees meeting will explore the following questions: As the quantity and diversity of open resources increase and different OER models emerge, what concrete actions can be taken to further strengthen and leverage their impact on teaching and learning as facilitators of innovation and quality? How do we confront questions around accessibility, equity, and impact?
The conference will bring together key stakeholders to address this question from different perspectives and work together towards a roadmap for action. Three (sometimes overlapping, but analytically distinct) stakeholder perspectives will form the central pillars of the inquiry: learners (“demand side”), facilitators (“interfaces”), and builders (“supply side”). Evidence, narratives, and the role of supporting infrastructure will be considered throughout the sessions.
The event will begin in the late afternoon of Tuesday, April 10th and end on the evening of Thursday, April 12th. There will also be an (optional) Hack Day on education that on Friday, April 13th.
OLnet's Patrick McAndrew and Gary Elliott-Cirigottis will be attending this event.