Why attend?

If you work on post-secondary education almost anywhere in the world, there is a growing movement towards openness – openness of pedagogies, practices, data, access, and research. All of these approaches challenge and change the landscape we live and work in. They have implications for the nature of our work and our world, for the inclusiveness of education, and access to data and knowledge in an unprecedented volume that continues to grow exponentially.

How do we prepare ourselves and our students for a world where such massive amounts of information are freely available from almost anywhere? How is the role of the academy evolving as a result? What are the potential benefits and challenges of adopting open practices and pedagogies in teaching and learning? What does it mean to the learning environment when we invite students into our classrooms, physically and virtually, from anywhere in the world?

These are the types of questions facing 21st Century Educators, and the types of questions this summit aims to explore. It is the beginning of a critical conversation about open education.

 

Meet the organizing team

Nick Baker

Nick is the Director of the Office of Open Learning at the University of Windsor. He is a member of the Board of Directors of eCampus Ontario, and has been part of the ongoing evolution of open, online, and technology-enabled teaching and learning in Ontario and beyond for over 15 years. His team at UWindsor is responsible for supporting instructors in the design, development, and delivery of online and technology-enabled teaching and learning, with a strong focus on open pedagogies and practices.

Daniel Rorai

Daniel is the Executive Director, Academic Excellence at St. Clair College where he leads staff responsible for curriculum quality, institutional accreditation (CQAAP), new program development, faculty professional development, and instructional design support. During a career in education spanning 30 years, he has authored and delivered numerous post-secondary, continuing education, and contract training courses. He was a member of a number of Program Standards Committees for the MTCU where he contributed to the development of the Provincial College Standards for computer programming and computer technology programs. He won a National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award for a major internal study he co-authored on Learning Technologies. For over a decade, he has served as a facilitator and steering committee member for the College Educator Development Program (CEDP) where he created and delivered instructional workshops to new faculty of the six Southern Region Ontario Colleges. Prior to his appointment to Executive Director, he was St. Clair College's faculty PD coordinator and worked in program quality where he led numerous projects to implement OBE principles and document curriculum.

Rick Overeem

Rick is the Director, Learning Innovation Centre, Online and Continuing Education, Educational Pathways Initiatives Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology. Managing the faculty that work in the Learning and Innovation Centre. These range from a teaching & learning specialist, a hybrid coach, an educational technology representative and mobile learning coaches. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the mobile initiative at Lambton College. Rick and his team were awarded the Apple Distinguished Program Designation, a designation reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments These people help our faculty to integrate technology into the classroom. Rick has worked in higher education for over 20 years, at both public and private institutions.

 

Venue

OES2018 is hosted by the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, and Lambton College.

OES18 will be held at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts , located at 201 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON N9A 5K4, and the University of Windsor’s Windsor Star Building downtown campus located behind the SCCCA at 167 Ferry St, Windsor ON N9A 4M5.

The venue is right on the beautiful Windsor riverfront.

St Clair College Centre for the Arts Building

Windsor Star Building

All rooms will be equipped with audio and projection equipment.

The buildings are both fully accessible, but attendees with special requests or needs should contact Alicia Higgison (higgison@uwindsor.ca) and we will do our best to accommodate any requirements.

Floor plans for the St Clair College Centre for the Arts building can be found here: http://www.stclaircollege.ca/stclaircentre/floorplans.shtml

 

Proposals

Submission deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018

The OES18 has a limited number of spaces for proposals that address the themes of the summit, and may be either research or practice focused.

Types of proposals

You may submit proposals for either workshops (60 mins) or concurrent sharing sessions (20 mins within a 60min slot).

Workshops

Workshops should be substantially related to the theme of the summit, and should engage participants in exploring practices, testing ideas and assumptions, and developing new skills and knowledge around open educational practices. Proposals should clearly indicate how the workshop will be interactive and engage participants. Proposals will include the following information submitted through the online form

  1. Names, positions, institutional affiliations, and contact information for the presenter(s).
  2. Workshop title.
  3. Workshop abstract (not to exceed 250 words) outlining the objectives, content, and format of the planned interactivity. This abstract will appear in the programme and should clearly provide readers with an understanding of what to expect from the workshop.
  4. A descriptive outline – seen only by reviewers – of what you will cover in your session including:
    1. intended goals for your session;
    2. a description of your strategy for participant engagement and interaction (discussion, video, group activities, etc.);
    3. reference to any relevant research and scholarship that informs your session;
    4. how your session relates to the summit theme; and
    5. the intended audience for the session and how it is relevant to them (i.e., faculty, sessional instructors, graduate and teaching assistants, administrators, and staff who support teaching and learning).
  5. Audiovisual requirements.

Concurrent sessions

Workshops should be substantially related to the theme of the summit, and should engage participants in exploring practices, testing ideas and assumptions, and developing new skills and knowledge around open educational practices. Proposals should clearly indicate how the workshop will be interactive and engage participants. Proposals will include the following information s

  1. Names, positions, institutional affiliations, and contact information for the presenter(s).
  2. Session title.
  3. Abstract (not to exceed 250 words) outlining the objectives, content, and format of the session. This abstract will appear in the programme and should clearly provide readers with an understanding of what to expect from the workshop.
  4. A descriptive outline – seen only by reviewers – of what you will cover in your session including:
    1. intended goals for your session;
    2. a description of your strategy for participant engagement and interaction (discussion, video, group activities, etc.);
    3. reference to any relevant research and scholarship that informs your session;
    4. how your session relates to the summit theme; and
    5. the intended audience for the session and why it is relevant to them (i.e., faculty, sessional instructors, graduate and teaching assistants, administrators, and staff who support teaching and learning).
  5. Audiovisual requirements.

Submitting proposals

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please use the online form here:
Open Education Symposium Proposal Submission Form

Authors of successful submissions will be notified by April 13.

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