OER Free Conference

We encourage all those interested in K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning to consider attending this free, online conference.

OpenCon19 K-12 Athabasca

A virtual, free K-12 Open Educational Resources Teacher PD Offering
January 25, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. MST

Theme: “Stories of Change: Curriculum, Teaching & Open Educational Resources”
Follow on Twitter: #K12OpenCon

Open Education Resources (OER) Novice or Champion – You are invited to attend the OpenCon19 K-12 Athabasca – a virtual and free conference exploring Open Educational Resources for K-12.
As a satellite offering of the OpenCon18 held in Toronto, the OpenCon19 K-12 Athabasca will mark a second online conference for educators, within Alberta and beyond. Presentations will range from OER fundamentals to the current K-12 OER landscape – see the schedule for details.

Ending our virtual offering will be a unique dialogue – the “Toronto Remix”. A panel discussion has been organized so that the OpenCon19 K-12 Athabasca discussants (and attendees – asked upon registration) view in advance a 9 minute video clip. This recording was part of the Toronto OpenCon18 conference where an international panel explored the broad topic of culturally responsive teaching and how OER responds to diversity and inclusion needs within education.

For our panel, the discussants will address this Toronto discussion and will “remix” questions of OER curriculum creation. Their guiding questions include:

(1) How do we support the development and use of open vocabularies with and for Indigenous communities?
(2) What do distributed, community-owned digital infrastructure and workflows look like?
(3) How does the Open Community support Indigenous sovereignty within the context of digital infrastructure?
(4) How does the DIKW pyramid relate to K-12 curriculum building for teachers, librarians and others who support open educational resources?

OER holds opportunity for rethinking how resources are accessed and used by K-12 educators. Come and join the “Toronto Remix” Panel Discussion – and one, some or all of the offerings! We hope to nurture a K-12 OER teacher network – and this virtual conference marks another step in this journey.

Registration is suggested but not required. Please let colleagues know about this opportunity. The conference will be recorded and archived on the BOLT Multi-author Blog.

Constance Blomgren PhD
Assistant Professor
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca AB T9S 3A3
Twitter: @DocBlom
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