Those of you who have followed me for a while or know me personally will know that working alongside my friends and colleagues Brian Lamb, Chris Lott and David Wiley last year to help organize Open Education 2009 in Vancouver was a real peak experience for me, both because of the joy of working with the folks but also because it’s a special conference that draws some extraordinary people together from across the globe.
This year’s conference, the 7th annual one, moves to Europe, to Barcelona. The Call for Papers closes on May 15 and I would urge you to submit a paper (or at least consider attending). This is, in my experience, a “welcoming” community, open to all, and this meeting face to face with others active in Open Education has had real positive effects on shifting the focus and execution of the emerging practice.
I know I will be there, and I expect that, similarly to the last 3 I have attended, I will come away with renewed energy and new ideas on how we can make educational opportunities and resources available to more people (while also helping our educational organizations adapt to the new realities of the network – I do not see these as mutually exclusive.) Hope I will see you there! – SWL