Speakers Announced for Upcoming SPARC-ACRL Forum at ALA in Chicago

Please join SPARC and ACRL for our 11th annual forum, which will take place on Saturday, June 29th at 3pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel — Grand A, during the ALA Annual Conference.

Understanding the Implications of Open Education:  MOOCs and More

The open access movement has focused on making scholarship freely available, expanding distribution while lowering barriers for re-use.  The open educational resources movement has focused on making teaching and learning materials freely accessible and openly licensed.  The skyrocketing rise in the popularity of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has put this trend squarely on the front burner, bringing openness to pedagogy in a way not previously experienced in higher education – and expanding free distribution of a university course to tens of thousands of students around the globe.

This convergence holds great promise for open education, and also raises questions on what that future might look like.  Our panel of experts will explore the recent developments and policy implications of open education, the rise of open resources, and the potential impacts of this trend on libraries and higher education.  They will also discuss both the promise and potential pitfalls of MOOCs and OER as part of open education.

We are pleased to announce our featured speakers:

  • Kyle K. Courtney – Harvard Law School
  • Cable Green, Director of Global Learning – Creative Commons
  • Deirdre Woods, Interim Executive Director, Open Learning Initiative — University of Pennsylvania