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Time to be… open #OER17

We’re getting ready for the OER17: The Politics of Open conference this week. As one of the organisers of the event my main focus has to be on making sure everything runs as well as it can – but it’s also an opportunity for me to spend a few days with a community who shape the future of open education around the globe. And this year the conference has a stellar line up across 2 days with sessions set to challenge the politics of openness from the personal to the national.

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Stickers featured in the workshop

There already isย a plethora of blog posts by practitioners reflecting on and setting out their thoughts, hopes and inspirations. It makes for inspiring reading and personally I can’t wait to see some of these conversations play out at the event. I might have to writeย a follow up blog post (with a particular focus on a workshop I will be running jointly with Bryan Mathers called ‘From Voice to Visual – the making of an open strategy’ย ). For now, here is what I’ve got in mind for my own #OER17, beyond the running of it:

First, I’ll be looking out for new opportunities for Learning Technology to scale up, support and strengthen Open Educational practice. Technology isn’t always the answer, but I often think it can do more for openness.

Second, I’ll be making time to have conversations. This year I am prioritising people over the programme… so if you are at the event in person or joining into one of the streamed sessions (or my first venture into Virtually Connecting thanks to Maha Bali!) come and say hello.

Third on my list for this week is to enjoy OER17. That might seem like an obvious one, but it’s worth remembering. Over the past 12 months I have seen volunteers and colleagues pull together an event that has grown in participation, influence and voice. It’s going to be an amazing opportunity for everyone to come together and hopefully translate into practice and policy what they experience this week – taking action for open education.

6 thoughts on “Time to be… open #OER17”

  1. What a brilliant affirmation of work done and the promise of OER17! I hope to enjoy the conference with you – however briefly. And I am so grateful for yours and ALT’s in general part in the organisation of this great conference.

  2. “This year I am prioritising people over the programme” and it means SO MUCH that you want to do that for virtual participants too (you already do so much for them already – I almost said “us” because am used to being virtual). Looking forward to seeing you again inshallah

  3. Great post maren ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m gutted that I can’t be there this year as I’m up in Lancaster for my first PhD residential. I’m sure it will be a great conference and if the proposals I reviewed were anything to go by it will be a inspiring and really thought provoking couple of days ! Best of luck too for the visual thinking session it sounds brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ take care debs

    1. Thank you – I hope you got to have a bit of the experience online. There is always next year ๐Ÿ™‚

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