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Wednesday, November 27 • 14:30 - 15:35
A Discovery World Café: Opening connections and collaborations for primary and secondary education

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Session Table Name: VENEZIA

You are invited to this discovery world café to contribute to the current pulse of open education for the primary and secondary sector. There is a conundrum happening – open practices are embedded in the professional experiences of primary and secondary teachers yet they seldom identify as open practitioners. Sharing and collaborating inform their school and broader contexts yet only pockets of self-identified open pedagogues exist.

The OER developments within higher education have been driven by the costs of textbooks. Although higher education institutes use the terms of open practices (e.g. OER, open access, etc.) the structure of the professorate does not reward curriculum creation or sharing. Ironically, these same practices describe the situation in many areas of primary and secondary teaching. These K-12 teachers create their own content, engage their students in participatory technologies, apply creative representations of knowledge, and encourage aspects of peer review yet this digital and open pedagogy is frequently unlabeled or commended. Additionally, the decision-makers that support these primary and secondary teachers have many competing demands and their knowledge of open educational resources, licensing, and innovative digital practices lacks depth.

What to do? What to change? How can openness in education become better understood, supported and promoted in the primary and secondary sector? What insights from individuals within higher education can be offered to those involved with educating children and teens? How can meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 be met with changes and improvements for awareness and deep understanding of openness in education for young learners?

The questions in this world café are provocations and starting points. We want to assess the current situation, and explore some “big” questions and wicked problems (i.e. difficult or impossible to solve). We want to discuss creations of possibility and consider workable strategies. Please join us!

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Dr. Connie Blomgren

Associate Professor, Athabasca University
Dr. Connie Blomgren is an Associate Professor at Athabasca University where she has designed and implemented professional learning modules to further Open Educational Resources and digital pedagogy (i.e. Blended and Online Learning and Teaching). The BOLT blog hosts teacher commentaries... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 14:30 - 15:35 CET
BL27 ground floor north corridor - World Cafe