Thoughts and Take-Aways from #OER17

I am happy to have had the opportunity to attend #OER17 last week in London. This Open Education Resources Conference with the theme The Politics of Open was the first time I have attended a conference which had as its focus of open practitioners, activists, educators and policy makers coming together as a community to discuss what this means for our society here and now.  For those who may need a bit more on what OER includes, a visit to Wikipedia (one of the sponsors and trending discussions at the conference) tells us that:

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. It is the leading trend in distance education/open and distance learning domain as a consequence of the openness movement.

While I have not actively seen myself as part of an openness movement per se (I tend to think things of value have a cost, otherwise it is difficult to think of them as valuable), I likewise believe that  education, teaching, and learning involve a sharing of ideas, knowledge, and experiences to help people move forward in thinking and acting, along with the opportunities and responsibilities that come through them. My efforts in this area would not be possible without Click Here to Continue Reading