Keynote Speakers

Following the keynote format we premiered in 2011, this year’s keynote addresses will come in pairs. These paired keynotes will provide a range of perspectives on timely topics of critical importance to the field of open education.

Keynote Pairing 1: MOOCs

Andrew NgAndrew Ng

Andrew Ng is co-founder of Coursera, and developed the initial platform for Stanford’s online machine learning and databases classes that started the popularization of MOOCs. He wants to give everyone access to the best professors in the best universities in the world, for free. In his spare time, he runs the Stanford AI Lab, builds large scale brain simulations, and practices sucking at ping pong.

George SiemensGeorge Siemens

George Siemens is a Professor at the Center for Distance Education and a researcher and strategist with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. He is the author of the Connectivism theory of learning and co-creator of the first MOOC in 2008.

Keynote Pairing 2: Critical Views of Open Education

Audrey WattersAudrey Watters

Audrey Watters is a journalist, a high school dropout, and a PhD dropout – though she did complete a Master’s degree in Folklore. As a freelancer writing about educational technology, her stories have appeared on NPR/KQED’s MindShift blog, in O’Reilly Radar, on Inside Higher Ed, in The School Library Journal, on ReadWriteWeb, and in the Edutopia blog.

David KernohanDavid Kernohan

David Kernohan is a Programme Manager for e-Learning at Jisc. He works on online and open education there, having managed a range of major initiatives including the Open Education Resources programme. He also has an expertise in English Higher Education policy and global HE trends, having previously worked for HEFCE as a policy analyst.

Keynote Pairing 3: The Impact of OER

Christine GeithChristine Geith

Christine Geith is assistant provost and executive director of Michigan State University MSUglobal Knowledge and Learning Innovations. She leads the development of new entrepreneurial approaches in higher education using technology, online learning and open models. Recently, she’s worked with faculty to open up critical knowledge to help transform global food systems and agriculture.

Saving Students a Billion Dollars

Nicole Allen and David Wiley will moderate this keynote panel. As we’ve seen throughout the first ten Open Education conferences, “displacing adoptions” – formal classroom adoptions where open educational resources and open textbooks replace commercial textbooks – can save students significant money and improve learning outcomes. In this keynote panel session, representatives of major OER initiatives will report on the number of students they have impacted with displacing adoptions and the amount of money those students have saved.