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Tuesday, April 24


Open Educational Practices in Kyrgyzstan: Connecting Partners and Programs
Independent, democratic, and post-Soviet, Kyrgyzstan is in the midst of multiple changes that involve its cultural identity, economic incentive structure, government, and laws, all of which have an impact on the country’s educational systems and educational practices. In addition to national and local initiatives, multiple international entities, including other countries, multinational corporations, private individuals, and international non-governmental agencies are and have been involved in initiatives involving education in Kyrgyzstan. These initiatives are meant to address disruption in the funding of school, libraries, educator professional development, and educational infrastructure as well as the ageing and replacement of Soviet-era curriculum materials in response to Kyrgyzstan's independent status after the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Following the nationwide initiative on promoting OER launched in 2014, education practitioners in school and University levels have begun exploring open pedagogy and OER projects. Successful implementation of open educational resources requires coordination among different partners. Partnership should be cherished at all levels, whether across a single institutions, as well as among institutions. Academic libraries are among most active stakeholders working towards promotion of OER in Kyrgyzstan. Building on Bekeshev and Samykbaeva’s 2017 OE Global presentation, this presentation will highlight current developments, a university open education pilot project, and recent research regarding copyright, open educational practices and open education resources in Kyrgyzstan.
The presentation will also include descriptions of partnerships, projects, pilots, and national-level faculty survey results intended to determine the level of awareness and practice of Open Educational Practices, OER, and Copyright-related decisions. Potential areas of further focus and recommendations for increasing the adoption of open education practices will also be addressed. The presentation features an academic Library Director, Author of Kyrgyz Copyright law and law faculty member, and two librarians: a Fulbright Specialist on OER and an Electronic Resources librarian.


Zhanylai Keldibekova

American University of Central Asia

Aisuluu Namasbek Kyzy

American University of Central Asia
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Anita Walz

Assistant Dir of Open Ed & ScholComm Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:35 - 12:00
Commissie 2
Wednesday, April 25


Early Lessons Learned from a Large Scale OER Initiative at a Large Urban University System
City University of New York is the leading urban public university in the U.S. With the first college founded in New York City in 1847, the University today comprises 24 institutions. CUNY provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 275,000 degree seeking students and over 218,000 adult, continuing education and professional education students throughout New York City’s five counties. For many students at CUNY, the cost of textbooks can be prohibitively expensive. Since nearly 40% of CUNY’s students come from households with annual incomes of less than $20,000, spending an average of $1,200 per year on books and other supplies is too often an insurmountable barrier to academic success. CUNY’s Office of Library services, which supports the 32 libraries, has been concerned with textbook affordability for some years now and with the growth of the OER movement has embraced OER as the most viable solution. Recent efforts across CUNY have contributed to institutionalizing OER on a large scale across the campuses. Our involvement with the Achieving the Dream (ATD) OER Degree Initiative, a funding effort across 38 community colleges nationwide, has given us the opportunity to raise awareness. Earlier this year New York State funded the university $4 million dollars for OER and through this we are able to broaden the reach. Lessons learned from ATD including our partnership with Lumen Learning as a technical provider and mentor and participation as a research partner in a study on the project has helped shape methodology and practice. The short-term goal is to reduce costs for students and accelerate their progress through college, but an important secondary impact is to change the culture to that better connect curriculum and pedagogy to updated student learning outcomes. OER is bringing a quiet revolution of innovation in the pedagogy of higher education in the U.S.

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Jean Amaral

Open Knowledge Librarian, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
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Ann Fiddler

Open Education Librarian, City University of New York

Stacy Katz

Lehman College
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Kim Thanos

CEO, Lumen Learning

Wednesday April 25, 2018 10:45 - 11:35
Classroom 12


Learning how to share – a Dutch perspective on infrastructure for Open Educational Resources
In this session we share a Dutch perspective on infrastructure for open sharing and reuse of digital learning materials.

In 2015 the Dutch minister of Education formulated her ambition for OER as follows: “By 2025 all lecturers in higher education will make their teaching materials freely available so they can use each other’s digital learning materials”. Since then higher educational institutions, the Minister of Education and SURF have joint forces in the Netherlands.

One important need for lecturers is to be able to find and share high quality open educational resources more easily. Sharing must be quick and user-friendly, and the material must be easily accessible. Infrastructure that meet these criteria is not yet generally available for Dutch higher educational institutions.

SURF, the collaborative ICT organisation for Dutch education and research, has the intention to launch a national service that facilitates lecturers in higher education to share and reuse their teaching materials freely and successfully. The main goal of this national service is to unlock OER collections that are developed by Dutch higher educational institutions and improve the findability on a national level. Good metadata to support findability and compatibility with current international standards for the free exchange of data are essential in this respect. The collected metadata will be presented in a portal with search functionality.

The material should preferably be (peer)-reviewed before being published. Teacher communities can play an important role. In June 2017, the Ministry of Education launched an extension of the existing funding program Open and Online Education. Higher education institutions are invited to collaboratively build collections of qualitative outstanding digital open learning materials. There’s a special focus on teachers collaborating within domain specific and cross-institutional communities, review the quality of existing materials and complement these with new materials.


Kirsten Veelo

Projectmanager Open Leermaterialen, SURF

Wednesday April 25, 2018 15:35 - 16:00
Commissie 3
Thursday, April 26


Forging an Open Path: eCampusOntario OER Fellows
From November 2017 through November 2018 eCampusOntario has named six educators to help create awareness and increase use of OER at Ontario colleges and universities. The OER Fellows are two university instructors, two college instructors, and two professional support staff (a librarian and an educational developer). The Fellows are from six different Ontario institutions that represent regional differences in approaches to post-secondary teaching and learning. In this 60-minute panel session, the Fellows will describe their work with eCampusOntario that includes in-person workshops at various campuses, a series of webinars related to use of OER in teaching practice, blogging and other forms of social media participation, and a small-scale action research project related to their individual interest in OER for teaching and learning. They will focus on their individual journeys and interactions on their campuses, and their experiences with peers at a variety of workshops and webinars between November 2017 and April 2018. The panel will engage in dialogue with conference attendees related to their success and challenges promoting OER on campuses where awareness and use are only beginning to form.

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David Porter

CEO, eCampusOntario
A long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, David’s experience in the education and training fields has included working with both public and private sector organizations. * Currently, CEO of eCampusOntario.ca in Toronto... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 13:40 - 14:30
Commissie 3