The 12th Annual Open Education Conference
#OpenEd15: The Impact of Open

November 18-20, Vancouver BC, Canada

Vancouver at Night (CC BY ND / popejon2)

Vancouver at Night (CC BY ND / popejon2)

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a massive, high quality open content infrastructure on top of which innovative people and organizations are building a new generation of educational models. Methodologically rigorous research is demonstrating that these OER-based models can be extremely effective in reducing the cost of education and improving student learning. Now that this foundation of content, practices, and research has been firmly established, the field is turning increasingly towards broadening the impact of this work.

Special Strand on Accessibility and OER

We’re extremely excited to announce a Special Strand on Accessibility and OER at this year’s conference, sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Gurus from the field of inclusive design and accessibility will create an engaging and immersive experience for OpenEd15 participants to try, see, and discover:

  • Try a perspective shift – come see how your learning resources, applications and sites are experienced using alternative access systems that replace or augment screens, keyboards, and mice.
  • Learn how you can leverage the flexibility, variability, and extensibility of open resources to reach new learners.
  • Discover how to make your content, code, and designs more inclusive with help from the knowledgeable teams at the Inclusive Design Research Centre, CAST, and BCcampus, as well as the growing global inclusive learning community.

The special strand consists of a mega-panel on Wednesday morning and a dedicated area near the registration desk – all three days – where you can talk with gurus and interact with a range of devices to learn more about OER, inclusive design, and accessibility.