This being #openeducationweek, as organizers of this year’s Open Ed conference, we decided it made sense to speed up our process a bit so that we could announce the conference themes and keynotes during this auspicious week.
And yesterday we quietly did; this year’s theme is “Beyond Content” and the first two of three keynotes were announced too – we are very pleased that both Carolina Rossini and John Willinsky have agreed to speak in Vancouver in October.
But in a twist, we have reserved the final spot for you, potential attendees and supporters of open education in general, to vote on. Below is the poll (also listed in a few spots on the conference site) which is seeded with some of our dream speakers (there are no guarantees we can actually get any of them, but we can ask) and space for “write-in” candidates too
The challenge we’re always met with, though, is the perception, rightly or wrongly, that for academics (and people in academic institutions) to be able to travel to these events, they often need to be able to list a publication or presentation that has been accepted into the conference proceedings in order to get funding, thus precipitating the classic “stand and deliver” lecture format conference presentation.
All of us at OpenEd 2012 are brainstorming ways to accomodate this real need and yet break out of that mould, but we could use your help too – what suggestions do you have for Open Ed 2012 on ways that we can innovate the programme and yet still help people meet some of the requirements they have to travel? What would YOU like to see at the conference this year that you haven’t seen before? Let us know! – SWL