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OU conference agenda – officially awesome

As you may know I am organising the annual OU conference this year: Learning in an Open World. It is online only (in Elluminate and Cloudworks), and open to all to attend (not just OU people).

It is based around four sessions over the 22nd-23rd June and the theme is exploring Openness in Education. Each session has three OU speakers talking about a specific project. There is then a moderated discussion session where people can go into one of three (or so) Elluminate rooms to discuss issues from the talks. Then everyone 'reconvenes' for an external speaker.

I've just released the agenda, which may be subject to some change, but at the moment looks like that below. I think it's a good line-up exhibiting work the OU is doing in relation to the theme of openness, and a great group of external speakers.

If you fancy being part then register in Cloudworks and mark as attending on the Cloudworks page. At the moment the Elluminate sessions are set to a limit of 300 users (managing discussion becomes difficult beyond this), but if we look like getting more we can investigate alternatives, so it's useful for us to know who is planning to attend. We will record the sessions also, so you can play them back later, if you can't make it.

June 22nd Morning – Open Content

  • 9.30 – 10.00 Welcome to conference – Martin Weller
  • 10.00 – 11.00 OU Presentations:
    Cloudworks (Grainne Conole)
    iTunes U (Peter Scott)
    SCORE (Chris Pegler)
  • 11.00 -11.40 Moderated discussion – in separate 'rooms' in elluminate
  • 11.40 – 12.30 – external speaker: Prof. Frank Rennie (UHI)

June 22nd Afternoon – Open Learning

  • 1.30 – 2.30 OU presentations:
    SocialLearn (Simon Buckingham Shum)
    OpenLearn (Laura Dewis)
    OLNet (Patrick McAndrew)
  • 2.30 – 3.15  Moderated discussion
  • 3.15 – 4.30 External speaker – George Siemens (Athabasca)

June 23rd Morning – Open Teaching

June 23rd Afternoon – Open Access

  • 1.30 – 2.30 OU Presentations:
    iSpot (Doug Clow)
    The OU in Africa – HEAT (Lesley-Anne Long)
    Researching the Environment in the open (Joe Smith)
  • 2.30 – 3.15 Moderated discussion
  • 3.15- 4.00 Closing Talk: Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia
  • 4.00 – 4.30 – wrap up, Martin Weller


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