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Closing Keynote: Generation Open - An International Look at the Coming Revolution in Education
Teachers, learners, researchers, and policymakers around the world are awakening to the potential of openness, creating a new generation that will define the future of education. I’m part of Generation Open, are you?
We live at a time of transition between the disconnected, analog past to the wired, digital future. Nowhere is the tension between these two worlds more obvious than in education, where schools and universities hold onto centuries-old paradigms at the same time they seek to harness today’s technology. Many of these paradigms — for example, the traditional lecture-style course that we often see replicated in MOOCs — create unnecessary limitations and barriers that hold back the transformational power of technology in education. Openness is the key to overcoming these barriers and unleashing all that is possible in the digital environment. Teachers, learners, researchers, and policymakers around the world are awakening to this potential, creating a new generation that will define the future of education. I’m part of Generation Open, are you?
Nicole Allen (SPARC)
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), where she leads a program to advance OER through public policy and engaging the academic library community. Nicole previously worked for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group for seven years directing a grassroots student campaign for education affordability. Nicole is widely cited in the media for her work, and is considered one of the leading issue experts on OER in the U.S.