Keynote Speakers

This year’s general sessions will feature amazing keynote speakers as well as something new – an Open Pedagogy Showcase. Come get inspired and soak up the passion of these incredible thinkers, researchers, and practitioners.

We’re excited to announce the keynote speakers for #OpenEd16!


Sara Goldrick-Rab Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Her research examines the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. In fall 2016, the University of Chicago will publish her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. Follow her on Twitter @saragoldrickrab.
Gardner Campbell Gardner Campbell is an Associate Professor of English (Milton and Renaissance studies, film studies, new media studies) and Special Assistant to the Provost at Virginia Commonwealth University, where for nearly three years he also served as Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success and Dean of the University College. Gardner speaks frequently at conferences and workshops, both nationally and internationally. Check out his blog, Gardner Writes, and follow him on Twitter @gardnercampbell.
TJ Bliss TJ Bliss is a Program Officer in Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where he oversees grantmaking to expand the reach and efficacy of Open Educational Resources. Before joining the foundation, TJ was the director of assessment and accountability at the State Department of Education in Idaho. Previously, he was a member of the Open Education Group, a research team focused on understanding the impacts of OER at all educational levels. He was also an OER Policy Fellow at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Find him online at