Five Days Left to Submit for OpenEd11

Proposal submissions for OpenEd11 are due on Monday! The Call for Proposals page on the website has all the information, but here’s a recap:

The Open Education 2011 conference brings together people working in this broad diversity of contexts to discuss the state of the art in Open Education and facilitate creative conversations across a wide variety of perspectives.

Open Education 2011 will feature conversations about innovative research and practice in all areas related to open education. This year’s conference strands include:

  • Open educational resources, opencourseware, and open content
  • Open tutoring, open study groups, and open question / answer services
  • Open credentialing, open competency certification, and open degrees
  • Open access and open scholarship
  • Open teaching and open courses
  • Open policies and open licenses
  • Innovative technologies supporting open education

Proposals within each strand can cover a range of issues, including: demonstrating the value of openness, providing practical how-to guidance, sharing innovative practices, achieving sustainability, political and policy considerations, evidences of impact, licensing concerns, ethics, and other issues.

Presentation Formats

Proposals for participation in Open Education 2011 should choose one of the following three formats:

  1. Traditional Presentation – A stand-and-deliver talk, with or without slides or other supporting media. This format is appropriate for presenting new research findings and critical updates from high-impact projects. (20 minutes)
  2. Open Science Fair – Poster presentations and demonstrations of software and other tools relevant to open education. This format is appropriate for presentation of initial results from ongoing research, important incremental updates from projects, and gathering feedback on beta software or wild new ideas relevant to open education. (90 minutes)
  3. Questioning Our Assumptions – These sessions begin with the presenter briefly questioning a fundamental assumption of the open education movement. Appropriate questions might include, “Are OER widely reused?”, “Does open access to scholarship increase citation rates?”, “Are high attrition rates in open courses a problem?”, or “Do open textbooks save money?” The remainder of the session is spent with all participants discussing research findings, relevant projects or initiatives, and first-hand experiences relevant to the question. Each QOA proposal must name a notetaker who will produce a detailed summary of the discussion for publication on the conference website. (45 minutes)

Submission Instructions

Submit a tweet-sized abstract (140 characters or less) and a proposal (500 words or less) describing your session by Monday, May 16, 2011 via the online submission system.