Monday, February 29, 2016

Getting Involved in Open Education Week

by Abby Johnson



 
Just as no two students are the same, neither are the resources necessary to connect with those individuals. Resources are changing, growing, and adapting with technology. 

Gone are the days of pen and paper. Now educators can access videos, images, simulations, and anything else you can think of! With these new resources, we’re reaching students in a whole new way, and with the spread of Open Educational Resources (OERs), we’re connecting to educators around the world, creating a larger, stronger educational community. 
Like any healthy community, we need to have community events to get together to discuss our needs, our goals, and our plans for the future. It’s important to get involved with big events that help to promote our community, and the next big event is right around the corner: Open Education Week, March 7-11, 2016. Sponsored by the Open Education Consortium, Open Education Week invites the education community to gather, discuss, and share ideas to create a world where all students can learn.


Still not sure why Open Education is important? Check out Creative Commons' challenge to ask people around the world to help explain it. The first-place video highlights the dangers of a world without Open Education, where even the most motivated student will struggle when stifled by outdated information and staggering education costs. By not attending our education community block party, we’re neglecting our neighbors, closing our doors, and shuttering our windows, and nobody wants to be that neighbor. Instead, embrace this opportunity! In fact, getting involved is easier than tracking down Aunt Mary for her closely guarded potato salad recipe.

Simply attending the event is a great way to start! Mark your calendars for the week-long event and celebrate with the U.S. Department of Education, Creative Commons, top universities, and many other community members. With in-person and online events, there’s no reason to miss out on this massive idea-sharing event. Learn how OERs apply to your life, your district, and your students, and also figure out how you begin sharing your own OERs with Creative Commons Licensing.

We’ll be there, too! Mark your calendars for March 7 at 1 p.m. EST to hang out with our CEO, Bill Taylor, and chat about finding, sharing, and using OERs to Weave Your Web of Resources. No covered dish needed, just join us here.

Open Education Week is the event to share what you know as an educator, get involved in conversations with some neighbors around the world, and break down the barriers that students are facing on a daily basis.

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Abby Johnson is a Subject Matter Expert at Spider Learning, Inc.

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