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TimestampWhat are your thoughts on the future of the Open Education Conference?NameRoleSectorHow many time have you attended Open Ed?Contact InformationDo you know of other open education (or related) events that may be of interest to the OpenEd audience? If so, please share!
11/1/2019 3:42:25Must go forward, we need this and the community will be damaged without continuing. I am willing to do what is necessary to make this happen. Rebel Cummings-Sauls Librarian, Advocate, Consortia Higher Education3Rsauls@flvc.org
11/1/2019 12:25:19It must go on!Shinta HernandezFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education4@ProfHernandez2
11/1/2019 12:26:24I think it needs to continue! It's an opportunity to come together and collaborate, make connections and continue forward in growing our movement. It's an opportunity to share ideas and see that we are not alone. Jessica ParsonsStudent, Instructional Designer, AdvocateHigher Education1Jessica.parsons@paradisevalley.eduOERIZONA
11/1/2019 12:27:07It is vital to continue this conference for the future of OER and important to pull in more faculty to the community! Faculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education1
11/1/2019 12:28:40It would be nice to see it carry on in some form. What's nice about this conference is that it blends all disciplines. It would be interesting to have one with more opportunities for professional development through workshops and training sessions. Colby MoorbergFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education2@ColbyDigsSoil, moorberg@ksu.edu
11/1/2019 12:31:36Would like it to continue in some form...not necessarily every yearBobFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education1NE OER Summit held at UMass-Amherst each spring
11/1/2019 12:31:43I absolutely think the event should continue and ideally reorganize as a nonprofit professional organization, following the model of other disciplinary organizations like POD or ISSOTL. These organizations cross academic disciplinary boundaries while at the same time, building their own disciplinary perspectives and understanding. What does it mean to be "open"? What can open scholarship look like? How can we move open education and research forward? These questions can and should be explored in the same way that disciplinary research is explored and questioned. If OpenEd can be reconfigured as a nonprofit professional organization, we might be more sustainably positioned and could, as we develop and grow, support our own researchers and lobbyists (again following the model of other academic disciplinary organizations.) While I'm not opposed to soliciting sponsors, it would be atypical for sponsors to have such a prominent position at other academic conferences and am looking forward to a reorganization that allows space for everyone while sincerely considering how we can make the broader systemic changes, from governmental policy to institutional culture, to widen open educational materials.Caitie FinlaysonFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education2cfinlay@umw.edu
11/1/2019 12:34:01I would love to see this continue. I would like to see it be less vendor focused and more critical as a conference. I particularly liked Lorna Campbell's post to move forward meeting "the unique needs of their own social, political and educational contexts, while at the same time being inclusive, collaborative and accessible, and cognisant of the diversity of the broader global oe community" Stacy KatzLibrarian, Advocate, ResearcherHigher Education3@thestacylynn stacy.katz@lehman.cuny.eduNortheast OER Summit, OE Global, OER
11/1/2019 12:34:14I enjoy the current format.Vince MussehlLibrarian, Faculty/Teacher/Educator, AdministratorHigher Education2vmussehl@cvtc.edu
11/1/2019 12:34:34This was my first OpenEd conference, and while I did have positive conversations and learning experiences, I also felt the tangible fractions and tensions among attendees. I heard people speaking sharply to each other about logistics such as presentation timing, and about differences in paradigm, general in-fighting. Perhaps it is time for several smaller gathering opportunities to take shape organically, rather than attempting to recreate a large, traditional conference. I would favour an unconference, an organically cocreated learning experience that is by and for the community. Perhaps a virtual option, to allow for increased access and lower CO2 emissions. Rather than keynotes, ignite sessions. Conversations. Honestly my favourite part of the conference was the poster session and a pop-up H5P show and share. I’d like more of that!!Jessica O'ReillyFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, Advocate, ResearcherHigher Education1@Cambrian_JessOE Global; OER Conference
11/1/2019 12:39:18OpenEd 2020, please! Similar session format/program. We need a national/international conference like this, especially as OER continues to gain traction in some many institutions.Jeremy AndersonFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, IT Professional, AdministratorHigher Education1@ATechJAndersonNortheast OER Consortium Annual Conference
11/1/2019 12:39:18I think this opportunity should continue. The flexible nature of the event should remain intact. Specific strategy breakouts would be great. Maker sessions would enhance the intergration of open especially for novice utilizers. Highlighting various platforms through round table session would be useful. Sessions that focus on open in sciences would be helpful. It sometimes feels that open is more challenging in the STEM areas.Kerri ReynoldsFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education1kerriann@plymouth.eduOpenstax Creator Fest
11/1/2019 12:42:55I really enjoyed the conference. I have learned so much and still need to learn more. I feel like I just touched the surface. Lise-Pauline BarnettFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education1lmbarnet@hacc.edu
11/1/2019 12:45:18I would like this conference to continue. I appreciate learning from voices from different parts of the country and learning environment, sharing examples of open educational practices. I suggest making sessions a little longer with fewer choices and not so many altogether. It's a wealth of information, but a little hard to digest and make use of.Sue WozniakLibrarianHigher Education2sue.wozniak@lwtech.edu
11/1/2019 12:45:57I think it would be excellent if it continued. I find the most valuable parts of the conference to be networking with other faculty members working in the same space and hearing talks about novel solutions to classroom problems. I also enjoy learning about new open resources and open pedagogy ideas. I also keep hoping to find excellent no/low cost edtech stuff (I've started using Hypothes.is and have dabbled in OpenStax Tutor).

I would like to have a STEM-specific thread at Open Ed, maybe including traditional talks and creator events. I think hearing more student voices is important.
Faculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education4
11/1/2019 12:50:30It needs to evolve and exist in some format. Jennifer Beamer LibrarianHigher Education2jenniferb@claremont.edu
11/1/2019 12:50:31Who is leading this planning process? Who was invited into the "group of community members" in the 10-31 meeting? That knowledge should be radically transparent, from the very beginning of this new stage of Open Ed. Who is welcome to contribute to the planning process? This should be open, transparent, rooted in the whole community (in explicit contrast to the past of OpenEd).Matt RuenLibrarian, Faculty/Teacher/Educator, Advocate, ResearcherHigher Education3@matt_ruen
11/1/2019 12:52:28I would like a physical conference to continue. I go to regional conferences, but I love connecting nationally. I would like to see the conference presentations go up a level. I think this conference needs to assume a level of knowledge and move beyond to higher level discussions. Be more selective on presentations. More active workshops. Hack a thons. Lee WagnerLibrarianHigher Education3Wagnerl@gtc.edu
11/1/2019 12:53:30In the age of Climate Crisis the notion of international f2f conferences needs to be radically rethought. There are definitely benefits to people meeting up and sharing, but can these not be accomplished other ways?

The Open Ed conference needs to be *really* honest with itself about the major role that funders like Hewlett and organizations like Creative Commons and Lumen have played in its existence. As much as there were benefits to the wider field and movement and it did build momentum, it's not like any of those were un-self-interested and its not like lots of physical attendance didn't become about schmoozing for grant dollars. That CANNOT be the long term model of open education, and to the extent to which it is promulgated and entrenched via f2f gatherings needs also to be disrupted.

"Open" is big enough to not need a single central conference. It needs to become a main thread of many of the existing conferences. One chasm Open Education conference almost leapt was the gap between the ed tech and library worlds. It's awesome to see many librarians showing open at Open Ed and the whole role of "open ed librarian" start to be developed. They need to go back to libraryland and make this a core thread of ALA and other major library conferences.

Similarly, it's mature enough to be showing up the gatherings of specific disciplines. To the extent to which central funders are looking for ways to grow this "movement," I'd advocate for them to fund streams in other events and different discipline-specific gatherings rather than this single event dedicated to open.

While I had some good times at Open Ed over the years, the whole "family reunion" tag was really muzzling, especially as the conference grew.

I personally think "open textbooks" are a huge diminishment of the original potential for open, but that both the field and the conference were becoming beholden to that vision, and saw this only increasing.

I personally think that even just framing it as "the open education conference" but then focusing so specifically on formal education was stultifying and again, really diminished the vision and potential open once had.

So yeah, not overwhelming sad if the conference ends. "The Open Education Conference is Dead. Long Live Open."
11/1/2019 12:58:11I would love to see it continue. I just found out about the conference this year and it was extremely valuable for me. Katie Miller LibrarianHigher Education1
11/1/2019 13:07:14This is my first OpenEd conference, and while OER has been on my radar since I moved from Teacher Education to Instructional Design/Teaching & Learning Services a few years ago, I landed at this conference not because I sought it out, but because it was written into a state grant proposal for which we received funds. I am impressed by the community, the collaboration and the movement around OER. However, without knowing the background and history of why this is the last OpenEd conference, I appreciate that people are looking beyond the traditional conference and into other ways of bringing people together and creating something more. In the spirit of open, conferences are not that open. They cost over $1500 in registration and travel expenses for each attendee, and not all colleges or departments have budgets for that. The agenda is fast and furious, allowing for breadth rather than depth of ideas and dialogue. While I learned a lot, it doesn't feel much different than other conferences. Time away, flames rekindled, and maybe implementation of a few ideas as I return to my campus.

What I would recommend us all to consider is how we can use technology to bring more people together (perhaps an online virtual conference?) and how we can go deeper. A model to consider looking at is the ID2ID program through Penn State and Educause. Having a semester-long professional development program where pairs or small groups are formed to achieve a personal, relevant and local goal related to OER, while accessing webinars, resources and consultations with experts could be a great alternative.
Jen RFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, Advocate, AdministratorHigher Education1
11/1/2019 13:21:51I think the conference is a valuable time for professionals and experts in OER to come together to collaborate.Stephanie WardFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education1
11/1/2019 13:28:07Warning: my comments are naive, way too new, coming in hot, and should not be construed as my position on things - just trying to throw out what's been in my head so far.

This community is so freaking important to everyone in the Open Ed space, and it needs a physical space. We need a place to meet - maybe not to present incessantly, but to get at the common humanity behind the multitude of collaborative projects we're doing online. This is where stuff gets planned and stuff gets done - those informal spaces and big tables cannot yet be replicated virtually. (Yet. And when they can, it won't be cheap.)

Still, there are way too many people who aren't here, and can't be here! They need to be here somehow! We've fought much bigger problems with our collective creativity. At the very least, recording things, sure, but maybe livestreaming, *definitely* live captioning (at least automatic). It costs something, but not nearly as much as the cost avoidance for those of us who should, but can't, be here. I do think that regional conferences will help with this, but not entirely. Could we somehow raise money to facilitate a real virtual presence at these conferences? Could we maybe not have to draw some extensive contract to get this done?

And this will be so much work. We need real human beings to manage code of conduct violations and address abuse. We need exceptional human beings to drive our community toward never, ever, ever doing that in the first place. We need physical spaces that comfortably and legally and accessibly facilitate large groups of leaders and educators and designers. We need decent wifi. We need childcare. We need new, diverse voices. We need food or at least the presence of purchasable food with ethical dietary options. And holy moly, we need microphones. Working microphones.

I've been talking more and more with people about existing models of conferences and the orgs who put them on. What about the Open Education Consortium? There's already an OER19 across the Atlantic that I can never afford to attend; why not one in North America? Could we finally get educators from Mexico in here? Heck, why not another event in East or South Asia, too? Why not in Africa?
Jeff GallantLibrarian, Advocate, AdministratorHigher Education5jeff.gallant@usg.edu
11/1/2019 13:29:14Needs to stop being a conference of only folks who have drank the Kool-Aid and should be more open to broader audience, thoughts and ideas on how to advance open education that may not meet the purity test of some.AdvocateK-12, Higher Education2Textbook Affordability Conference (TAC, Wisconsin Effordability Summit
11/1/2019 13:29:20More regional. Reduce geographical barriers. #ClimateChange Be aware of the costs of travel, but the value of F2F conferences.Greg BemLibrarianHigher Education1greg.bem@lwtech.eduI think more focus/emphasis on Open Access Week and OA activities, and intersections with Open Data and Open Government would do the OpenEd community a great deal of good.
11/1/2019 13:33:05It should continue. I look forward to more transparency: who is funding what, exactly what sessions are from commercial vendors, what rubric is used to choose presenters, more unconferencing, more virtual presence for those of us who have limited travel budgets. There should be more connection to the community throughout the year. I look forward to open, transparent leadership and consensus building. I am willing to get out and push.Geoff CainFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, Education ConsultantHigher Education3gcain@sbctc.eduThe Northwest eLearn Conference
11/1/2019 13:38:04This is the one conference that I attend each year that truly helps me grow, both personally and professionally. I am not in a traditional OER leader role and it is the one place that brings people of all professions together (in person, BIG DEAL) to connect and move things forward. I would like to see more advanced tracks but or the ability to make unconference type sessions. I think it would be a tragedy if the conference did not go on in some format. Cindy DomaikaManager of Open & Instructional Resources Higher Education4cdomaika@Nicoletcollege.edu or @cforchange92E'ffordability (UW Stout)
11/1/2019 13:47:48I have only attended one OpenEd Conference and I was sad to hear 2019 may be the last; I would love to see this conference continue in some way but feel it's time to move beyond the "basics" of OER. Maybe there is an opportunity for smaller scale conferences based on your level of experience with OER. They could be regional and sponsored by a certain department within a college. What I enjoyed most about the OpenEd Conference was hearing what other schools are doing and how others manage open work. I would love to see this conference embrace the different levels of expertise in OER work, as well as how this relates to the student experience and ed tech. Affordable Learning Resources Project Manager Higher Education1https://neoer.umasscreate.net/
11/1/2019 14:58:46I think we can make it really cool and reflect the values and principles of the open community. What if this community turned it more into an unconference instead of more lecturing with a ppt? Tara Lifland BaumgartenInstructional DesignerHigher Education2@taralifbaumOpenCon, Open Textbook Network Summit, Creator Fest
11/1/2019 16:14:21Open Education and open educational practices is something needs to discussed and shared. I think OpenEd plays an very integral part in disseminating this information, while facilitating a platform to collaborate and learn together. Nithin LakshmanaLibrarianHigher Education1nlakshmana@nwacc.eduNot at this level
11/1/2019 16:33:58It might be interesting to have the conference at different locations meet simultaneously, with the talks carried over the web to all of the sites. This (at least ideally) could minimize travel expense allow significant interaction, challenging keynotes and provide opportunities for many to contribute.Josh HalpernEmeritus working with LibreTextsHigher Education1jhalpern@libretext.org
11/1/2019 16:52:21 Not sure I care enough anymore. There is a nastiness and an entitlement I prefer to avoid all together. I’m going to focus on the work. Not the noise.Not anyone’s business. Petty people blow. Librarian, Faculty/Teacher/Educator, Author, Researcher, AdministratorHigher Education7Yep. Off to Vancouver
11/1/2019 18:18:27I believe that transparent democratic process for electing leaders and selecting keynotes would be very helpful in driving greater shared ownership of the community, conference and agenda. I definitely think it is beneficial and constructive for the open Ed community to continue the conference and I hope that the event does not lose momentum.Daniel WilliamsonAdvocate, PublisherK-12, Higher Education10Daniel@OpenStax.orgOpenStax CreatorFest
11/1/2019 21:15:47There does need to be a large voice for Open practices in Nth America. I'd like it to be more inclusive, open and transparent, not so inwardly focussed on US interests, moving towards critical dialogue rather than focusing so heavily on OERs and open textbooks...the artefacts are important but they are only a small part of what open practice means and is. I want it to feel less like Educause and more like a discussion with friends over a glass of wine. Nick BakerFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Student, Instructional Designer, Advocate, Author, Researcher, AdministratorHigher Education2@nbakerOER, OEGlobal, CC, OTESSA, UWindsor Open Education Summit (2020 - call coming soon), all the regional events
11/2/2019 1:13:28I'm trying to reduce my travel for numerous reasons, including carbon impact and money, so I am consciously attending fewer conferences that I would need to fly to. I appreciate F2F meetings, but I also find smaller ones more valuable in some ways--I get to know more folks better, usually. The Open Ed conference was getting really, really big.

Some have already mentioned the idea of smaller, regional conferences and then if there were a way to connect others in virtually or connect those conferences somehow that would be an interesting model. With a single big conference it's always going to be having to try to be everything to everyone and likely failing to be deeply any one thing as a result.

I don't have answers; these are just my thoughts at the moment. I am not really interested in another version of the same thing. I would like to think more creatively about how people can find each other, learn from each other, and work together where useful outside of a traditional big conference format.
Faculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education5Cascadia Open Education Conference; BCcampus Festival of Learning
11/2/2019 9:22:18Needs to continue. With so many first-time attendees, would be good to have track of intro sessions: intro to OER, intro to CC, intro to OA, etc. Value is community, to be sure, but also latest efficacy research, status of textbook projects, thought pieces on meaning of open, impact on different edu sectors. Perhaps invite specific groups to program different tracks - e.g., CCCOER program for community colleges, SPARC program for library track, etcJames Glapa-GrossklagAdministratorHigher Education4@JGlapaGrossklag
11/2/2019 11:56:07I would definitely like to see it continue and for this to be an opportunity to reframe things. For examples, I think the sessions on diversity, inclusion, and open pedagogy (to name a few) really help us consider how OER can be used to improve education (and I say this as someone whose research heavily focuses on open textbook efficacy). I obviously think that reducing the financial burden for higher ed through open textbooks is important as is having evidence to their efficacy to show faculty members and administrators or I wouldn't have spent years researching these issues. But OER is so much more than that and I love how the field is shifting to how we can better examine these issues.

Another thought--could we develop discipline focused sessions so we can brainstorm how to bring OER inquiry more into the mainstream professional societies? For example, I am presenting my open textbook meta analysis at American Educational Research Association this spring. The topic doesn't really fit in any of the divisions of AERA, but the methodology did fit with a special interest group, so I was able to get it in through that door. Perhaps the open science movement in psychology, for example, could be an avenue for OER as well?

Finally, I know this is a huge challenge, but some additional considerations of accessibility would be valuable. Making sure microphones work. Having more virtual attendance and presentation options for people who can't attend in person (I know society for the teaching of psychology does a twitter poster contest each year--this may be a good idea for us!), and, I realize this is extremely challenging, child care options.
Virginia ClintonFaculty/Teacher/Educator, ResearcherHigher Education2@v_e_clinton virginia.clinton@und.edu
11/2/2019 12:49:47We need four streams of equal importance ( including key notes being split between 4 key streams), or
Separate mini conferences that have all streams, but focus on specific streams. Streams are OER ( textbook and digital content), open pedagogy, open research, open librarians
Verena RobertsFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, Advocate, ResearcherK-12, Higher Education5Verenanz@gmail.comOTESSA http://otessa.org/
11/2/2019 13:18:17I'd prefer it continue.Steve FoersterAdministratorHigher Education1steve.foerster@newworld.achttps://summit.saylor.org
11/2/2019 16:21:58I would like to see this conference continue. While an annual event would be wonderful, I could also imagine a large conference every other year, with a virtual conference (or perhaps a set of affiliated/somehow coordinated regional conferences) in the off-years.

Things I would like to see continue: A conference bringing together people involved in different aspects of open education and welcoming to newcomers. Things I would like to see change: Could the conference be streamed or otherwise made available to virtual participants? What if the committee(s) running the conference were to hold meeting(s) during the conference, open to attendees?

Whose voices are missing (or need to be amplified)? Students (from a wide variety of subject positions), adjuncts, people of color, speakers of languages other than English (in and beyond North America), LGBTQ+ people (especially trans & gender non-conforming people).
Helen McManusLibrarianHigher Education1
11/2/2019 21:06:47I'm not sure. I went to the early ones, but stopped going as it seemed a bit repetitive on open textbooks and little research that I could see other than how much learners were savingValerie IrvineFaculty/Teacher/EducatorK-12, Higher Education3virvine@uvic.ca @_valerieiWe started up OTESSA - see http://otessa.org with a conference in May/June 2020. We had no idea OpenEd was closing its doors, but we hope to see OpenEd folks come to #OTESSA20. See @otessa_org. We hope to not make Open a separate conference, but one of three areas of convergence - open educators and open librarians can mix with regular tech-integrated learning types. We also hope to bring a strong research centre and a strong practice centre to it - so that the worlds can mix better. We've provided opportunities for both practice-oriented and research-oriented submissions and will provide a way to opt-in to proceedings if interested. Come check us out! We are housed within a meta-conference #congressh with dozens of other conferences, so lots of opportunities to go check out other disciplinary conferences as well.
11/3/2019 7:35:15I would like to see an opportunity to meet annually and have critical discussions. I would like for this opportunity (which may be F2F but should include virtual/hybrid components to be more inclusive) to be organized and managed by a broad group that is nominated by the community. I think we could avail of digital technologies to reduce the amount of time we are physically sitting in rooms listening to one another present (we could move much of this online, with advantages for participation and archiving) and focus more on having helpful conversations. I think it is important that this opportunity not be owned by a single entity or vendor. This could still be a multi-day event. It could have regional hubs where folks can meet in person (perhaps each region could "host" the program for each day of the event?). I add this because meeting in person brings benefits that would be lost were the event to move fully online. But I do think we could do much to reduce the burden (financial and otherwise) of having 850 people fly to a large convention centre in a single city. I'd also like to see this opportunity broaden its focus to encourage participation and sharing with educators outside of North America.

These are just some initial ideas, of course. The main point I'd like to make though is that what we have seen over the past couple of weeks are great first steps towards building an inclusive opportunity for the broader community to connect and share.
Rajiv JhangianiAdministratorHigher Education4@thatpsychprofOpen Education Global Conference, OER20 (the UK conference), Digital Pedagogy Lab, Cascadia Open Education Summit, and other regional events.
11/4/2019 15:28:481. There MUST be a track for people new to open and sessions that explain - what is open, how to start on your campus, and very beginner steps. My first OpenEd conference was miserable - nothing applied to where I was at. This year I watched a colleague struggle- she was just assigned OER as part of her job. Her comment "Nothing here is for me. I see there are programs/practices for me a few years from now."
2. Do NOT put the same type of sessions at the exact same time slots competing against each other. Especially Social Justice.
3. REDUCE the number of sessions/choices. There were way too many people speaking about their small research sample/program. MAKE HARD DECISIONS AS A REVIEW COMMITTEE. Ask people on the same topic to collaborate and create a panel.
4. Highlight Community College sessions/tracks. We function differently and need space to get together and brainstorm.
5. PLEASE END SAGE ON THE STAGE. PLEASE!!!!! Loved OERizona with the format of 5-10 minutes speaking and 45 min guided/supported activities. MORE ACTIVE LEARNING. MORE HANDS-ON. MORE TIME TO COLLABORATE.
6. GET A VENUE that works. NEAR THE AIRPORT, NEAR Groceries/pharmacy/FOOD. PROVIDE MEALS including breakfast if there are sufficient spaces. THIS VENUE was wretched. There were NO AFFORDABLE ROOMS! Many of us don't get funding and are paying out of pocket.
7. DATES - do not ask people to give up Halloween away from their families. DO NOT schedule next to a major NFL game where all the hotels are triple price and sold out.
8. PLEASE KEEP IT GOING. This can be an amazing conference to support faculty in this work! Keep it practical!
9. Keep the student advocacy and the student voice!
10. YAY for all the growth!
Librarian, Faculty/Teacher/Educator, AdvocateHigher Education2
11/4/2019 15:33:50It definitely should continue. I believe that this year was well attended from educators around the world. In many ways, open education is still growing/developing in k12 and higher education and the conference will be an important place for members of the community to growth from and with one another.Eric WerthResearcher, AdministratorHigher Education1Ericwerth@upike.eduOpen/Technology, Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA)
11/4/2019 16:37:41I was painfully aware this year of the huge amount of money that we spend collectively on this event and how the expense excludes the librarians and faculty in community colleges who don't have professional development budgets for airline tickets and hotels. Would it be possible to do a virtual event? We have technology now. We should try it! It would bring in a whole new group of people who would help us keep our feet firmly on the ground. Tina UlrichLibrarian, AdvocateHigher Education3tinaulrichoer@gmail.com
11/4/2019 18:14:13We need to have a national conference on OER. I think it might be suitable for it to be explicitly North American in focus. It may alternate online/offline years or it may have segments that are explicitly virtual (putting, for instance, virtually connecting on the agenda). We ought to establish an organization to run the conference (501 c3, for instance). We need bylaws and succession strategy for leadership. We need an inclusive and democratic decision-making model.Nathan SmithFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Advocate, AdministratorHigher Education4nathan.smith2@hccs.edu
11/4/2019 19:29:24The national conference - with representation from diverse groups of people - is a perfect forum for learning, sharing, and networking. I hope that the community can put aside its differences and focus on our shared passion and organize a conference that will benefit everyone in the community. The work we have done in Massachusetts would not have happened without the OpenEd conference. Sue TashjianFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, AdvocateHigher Education6@suetashNortheast OER Summit - May 28 & 29, 2020 UMass Amherst
11/5/2019 9:32:03On the comments about the conference not being "welcoming"....

I've been to a lot of conventions/conferences in different contexts, and never really felt "welcomed" unless I had a pre-existing relationship with conference organizers. One major conference I attended regularly was not particularly welcoming until I was a speaker, and worked with the same people that I had worked with in preparation and in previous years. Otherwise, I was just an attendee, who might happen to run into someone else who I knew from home. But I also never felt it was the convention's job to welcome me.

I will say that in all the years I've been coming to OpenEd, I've never met anyone from Lumen (I think) other than David. So I get that there's not really any contact with "management".

Maybe it's just the simple things like having a staff person from "the conference" in each room to introduce the moderator. While that's not strictly necessary, it does provide some continuity and the feeling that it's not just a bunch of random sessions.

BUT beyond that, I remembered feeling unwelcome and frankly put off by some in the OER community, but it was at a different conference, not OpenEd. I remember a specific incident where I was chastised for using the wrong word during a roundtable discussion. (My offense was using the word "kids" to describe community college students - which I certainly know is not accurate but didn't feel it was worthy of a verbal slap.) And there were other times as well. Which makes me wonder if it is not strictly the conference that is unwelcoming, but simply random attendees.
Higher Education5
11/5/2019 10:03:16This was my first Open Education Conference and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was so much information. I would like to see it continue, so others could gain the knowledge that I gained. I would love for the conference to do more to connect people, like have sessions for people in certain departments, nursing, math, librarians, professional development, as an opportunity to network. Yes, we had networking opportunities, but I didn't meet any people in professional development beyond some presenters. Deborah BowlesProfessional DevelopmentHigher Education1bowlesdm@pgcc.edu
11/5/2019 13:14:34I feel there is a need for an annual continent-wide conference. I like to see the mix of administrators, faculty, librarians and students. I like the big picture keynotes and sessions as well as the individual stories on how people are tackling various OER and OEP issues.I don't thing regional events are enough, as I find it useful to hear how other states/regions are tackling affordability issues and to see how my work fits into the larger whole. I know organizing a conference of this size is a huge job, but I hope a coalition can be created from the various organizations, like SPARC, Open Textbook Network, BC Campus and others to form a conference planning team. Open Ed provides an opportunity to share research in OER/OEP for all of us, especially the various OER fellows. My only wish would be that the rich program was divided up into tracks, to help make choices in what to attend. I hope there was an intro to Open Ed this year. There was a good one for my first conference in 2017.Maira BundzaLibrarianHigher Education3maira.bundza@wmich.eduMI OER Summit
11/5/2019 14:27:53I wasn't there this year ... Apparently *lots* of 1st-timers, which is awesome. Would smaller scale bring in more, or decrease the appearance of importance? Practically speaking does that mean that more places with big budgets are feeling like they can send folks to OER conferences, which is probably a good thing? (Who were these first timers? Folks already established and 'oh, good chance to get swag and party' or ... people interested in learning [as well as swag and partying...] ... and how diverse?)
This "getting big and people getting mad at each other so we won't do this anymore" thing... happened to Twitter Math Camp last year. Don't like the trend!
Future? I just did a fun virtual conference on adult ed... okay, the whole "badges" thing was a little silly, but the live interaction -- and easier chatting with others 'cause it wasn't as disruptive as face to fact -- was awesome. COnnections were made. I could imagine a blend -- getting together with other people to get online.
Smaller get togethers could have more active learning and building instead of the "here's 25 minutes, take notes and here's a contact list" format (which is good, but not if I want to show you what I just figured out in JavaScript...)
Sue Jonesdabbler in lots of things; staff at community college.Higher Education, community college/ adult ed2April 17 ILlinois community college Open Ed in Springfield.
11/5/2019 16:00:18I think a flagship conference for open education (however poorly defined and contested) is a useful and worthwhile endeavor. I'd echo those calling for more tracks (community colleges, open pedagogy, first timers, etc) and for a more thoughtful attempt at making the conference more virtual to help make it easier to participate for those who can't afford to pay for flights and accommodations. I'd also like to see more democracy in the conference process, ie. election of committee members, possibly voting on themes and tracks, and more transparency about how things go forward in the short term, ie. who called the meeting to make this form and who was in the meeting? Lastly, I'd love to see attempts at connecting people beyond informal networking (which often shuts a lot of people out of important conversations) whether that be through more formal structures for mentorship (assigning new comers to veterans in the field) or through interest group-type town halls or meetings that could bring folks together doing similar work instead of presenting about them at the same time. I've got a million more thoughts but I'll stop there.Andy McKinneyAdministratorHigher Education2andrew.mckinney@cuny.edu
11/5/2019 16:57:59I am excited to be a part of future developments that include more diverse and critical voices that shape the organization, structure, inclusiveness and content of the conference. An organizational team that is open in its work and in continual communication with potential participants & other organizations about the design of the conference could lead to powerful outcomes. There could be a variety of tools employed where feedback is solicited and ideas are refined in several cycles in advance of the conference. I am optimistic about a bright future for Open Ed! Karen CangialosiFaculty/Teacher/EducatorHigher Education3@karencangOE Global, OER20, Northeast OER, Cascadia Open Summit, Arizona OER, & many other regional events
11/5/2019 18:56:19I hope we continue to have a larger conference that combines the many different aspects in the Open Education umbrella. I love regional and topic-specific conference too, but there is so much overlap between all the groups I hope we can keep meeting somewhere.Bracken MosbackerAdvocate, IT ProfessionalK-12, Higher Education7@brackenmI attended an OpenCon earlier this year that is certainly related, and I believe all community organized: https://opencon-cascadia.github.io/
11/6/2019 10:51:15(Note: This was my first time attending OpenEd, so my perspective is limited) When David announced that he was stepping down, my first thought was amazement that one person had had the energy to spearhead the organize a conference of this magnitude for so long years! My second was sadness that my First OpenEd might be my last. Looking towards the future of OpenEd, I think it is at a size now that it might need a more formal organizational structure that distributes workload, ensures a succession plan over time and most importantly allows for an equitable and democratic input into organizational issues. Many conferences have a structure that could serve as a basis. I'll mention NeMLA as one place to look for inspiration, but merely because I have passing knowledge of it, not because it is necessarily better. In terms of the conference itself, I think it should definitely continue in some form, it was invigorating & inspirational to me in away few conferences I've attended before have been. I am conflicted about the need for a physical presence. I worry about both the ecological impact and potential disenfranchisement that the financial need to travel to a conference imposes. But, for purely selfish reasons, I like face to face conferences. I find real-time f2f interactions useful & beneficial in a way that web-conferencing etc. are not. For many involved in OER/OEP, it is a solitary undertaking on a day-to-day basis and f2f conferences are a tangible reminder that others are involved! Perhaps regional f2f meetings and content pushed to the larger community virtually would be the beginnings of a compromise here. Whatever future form OpenEd takes I believe that transparency & widespread community engagement are crucial to it being successful.Breton BienvenueInstructional DesignerHigher Education1bb054@tompkinscortland.edu @bbienvenue
11/6/2019 12:13:19I definitely feel that a physical conference should continue to pull together the various groups/efforts/aspects of Open Education. I think there's too much happening already in silos, and this conference was one way to stretch beyond those siloed efforts and share and learn from one another about our own challenges and successes in those efforts (whether focused on OA, OER, Open Pedagogy, ZTC/Z-degrees/ZedCred, OEP, ...OXYZ...)

Broadening access (virtual access) to the conference would be great. And organizers should be representative and respectful of the broad interests of and involved in Open Education. Supporting a broad and diverse range of voices has always been a part of the conference (or at least I think it has been)- and I assume it will continue to be as it moves forward. That being said maybe establishing themes (an overall theme) for each conference might assist with unifying some of the conference sessions - not that each have to align to that theme, but may provide context for that year.
Walter ButlerLibrarianHigher Education3
11/6/2019 13:32:51I might recommend a more decentralized, community-driven approach. One model for this is the IndieWeb community, which has a national summit but also local and virtual meetings. I also like how their community is organized around a wiki: https://indieweb.org/Getting_Started

If a national organization is needed for this, perhaps CCCOER might be one contender, and linking to the various state OER summits that have been going on: https://www.cccoer.org/ Of course there's also Creative Commons.
Or an international contender might be WikiEducator / OERU https://oeru.org/ WikiEducator also revolves around a wiki.
Doug HoltonFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, Researcher, AdministratorHigher Education2@edtechdev
11/6/2019 16:58:081. Sessions on equity should be scheduled throughout the conference 2. Sessions should be dedicated to OER basics, sharing initiatives, research, policy 3. It would be helpful to take advantage of all being together to develop insights through strategic/design thinking sessions 4. Would like to emphasize issues that need to be addressed (inclusive access, sustainability) and insights that could be explored (DEI, research gaps)Camille ThomasLibrarianHigher Education1@afrofuturistlibRegional conferences and summits like the Southern Symposium, etc. OTN Summit
11/7/2019 2:48:35I'm a strong supporter of Open Education and OER even though both terms are difficult to define and to explain to externals.
I have never attended Open Education Conference as I have seen it as an American event from the distance.
I strongly believe in the need to meet and discuss with the community and to organize such events.
Therefore, I'm organizing the LINQ Conferences since 2012 (www.learning-innovations.eu) and I'm happy to welcome participants from all five continents but the vast majority is from Europe (as LINQ was always taking place in Europe until now).
I'm also thinking about the future of LINQ now and I could imagine that regional, parallel conferences on Open Education (at the same time under one unbrella event, as satellites) could make it easier for the community to travel to this one event.
Maybe we can organize an online meeting to discuss with all interested people and parties how to proceed?
Christian M. StrackeFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, Advocate, Author, ResearcherK-12, Higher Education0e-mail: christian.stracke@ou.nl twitter: @chrmstrackeOE Global - https://conference.oeconsortium.org
LINQ - www.learning-innovations.eu
11/7/2019 9:11:20I believe that a national conference around open education is essential for ideas to continue to be shared and learning to occur from each other. While I enjoy virtual conferences, it is often difficult to carve out the time to fully, actively engage, and I value the opportunity to meet the people in person I have learned from and with at the conference. The networking and connections that are made at the conference are invaluable. Lisa YoungFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Instructional Designer, ResearcherHigher Education5lisa.young@scottsdalecc.eduAZ Regional OER Conference (February 2020)
11/7/2019 10:36:11I agree that OpenEd, or whatever event or events organize to replace it, would benefit from not being so closely associated with a single person or company. I also agree that the open community, as such as it is, needs to have deeper ownership of the event. I think there is immense value having a single event around a broad array of topics related to open education. I look forward to hearing ideas for how this event might be structured and organized differently. I also think continuing some form of the conference in 2020 is crucial. It would demonstrate the ability of our supposed fractured community to unite, prevent the first time attendees from growing disillusioned and provide others new to open education with some sense of continuity, and buy some time to discuss the future direction of the movement.Richard SebastianAdministrator, Nonprofit organizationHigher Education8rsebastian@achievingthedream.org, @rasebastianNortheast OER Summit
OE Global
Creative Commons Summit
Open Education Week
Florida Virtual Campus OER Summit
Michigan OER Summit
OER Conference (OER19)
11/7/2019 15:51:50First, thank you to the organizing committee of OE19. It was an incredible conference and I am so very inspired.

What really stuck with me is the idea that we continue to treat OER as "special". It is no longer new. We need to push through into the next level of engagement with this way of publishing and educating and treat it with the respectful maturity it has earned and simply expect others to do so, too.

Do you want the OpenEd Conference to continue next year? Why?
- Yes, I want this conference to continue. This was my first time attending after wanting to attend since 2014. I would be so sad to lose this opportunity as the global conference is not as accessible and a North American context is specifically relevant for my institutional role to support OER efforts.

How would you want it to change? What would you want to stay the same?
- I think the whole conference should be live-streamed or recorded - we need to allow for inclusion of everyone and anyone. I would like to see something that allows for satellite hosted locations to increase accessibility and deeper discussion in local contexts. (or maybe this is a different conference all together..)

What do you find valuable in Open Education events?
- *** A reminder of the value and urgency of this work and be re-invigorated. *** An opportunity to see into other's professional practices, lessons learned, and to learn the political climate/context of the open education movement. Having SPARC and advocates present was extremely important

Who do you consider the Open Education community (or communities) to be?
- students, advocates, copyright officers, policy-makers, educational developers, instructional designers, faculty,

Whose voices are missing and how can conferences better include them?
- life long learners by allowing the conference to be fully streamed or recorded
- as the community seems to reject the inclusion of publishers, perhaps there is a way to feature and provide context to their approach and perspectives via the lens of research or analysis. I would almost seek this to be a featured and on-going poster session among the vendor tables hosted by scholarly communication librarians, or, by us as the community preceded by a train the trainer to get us all up to speed to co-educate ourselves and others about the industry we are challenged to navigate.

What other questions do you want to be asked?
- I think having someone articulate "where we are in the OE movement" and "what the movement needs from the various individuals in various roles to make progress" would be valuable. Obviously, a large ask! I think it was done well within various sessions but I still have a difficult time articulating it myself to my colleagues to influence change or spark discussion. It seems like the landscape of this movement is really shifting beneath our feet and as I put my head down and do work within my institution with individual faculty members I find it hard to keep up with the progress and articulate it.
Krysta McNuttOpen Education Program Lead Higher Education1krystam@ualberta.ca
11/8/2019 10:51:10The open ed conference in the U.S. should be run by the Open Education Consortium and CCC-OER. OER is becoming a kind of discipline, and it should be run by the disciplinary organizations dedicated to supporting it. Jason PickavanceAdministratorHigher Education7jason.pickavance@slcc.eduThere are regional conferences, but nothing on the scale of Open Ed.
11/8/2019 13:07:34I think that forming a committee of OER field participants would make sense to move this forward. Perhaps there could be a different lead each year. I am eager to see where this goes and hopeful that the conference will continue for many years.Mindy BolandNon-profit professions/Dir of OER Services at ISKMEK-12, Higher Education4mindy@iskme.orgNE OER Summit, Wisconsin "e"ffordability conf, and many more regional events.
11/8/2019 13:32:16My desire for the conf. to continue is a bit at odds with a feeling that in-person conferences are unsustainable and need to be curtailed for environmental reasons. An online conference might be better, and might be doable.Dan AllossoFaculty/Teacher/Educator, Advocate, AuthorHigher Education0@allossodanI'm attending OE Global this year (hence my feelings about sustainability), and UW Stout's "E"ffordability Summit in March.
11/8/2019 14:24:06It should still happen if possible.
Could happen as a regional thing/consortia thing or rotate to a different institution each year
I want the grassroots feeling to stay the same. I was going to say maybe an association can take it on, but then it won't be that grassroots feel.

Maybe look to other grassroots conferences such as https://www.thelibrarycollective.org/ and ask their planning team how are they organized/governance structure, and how do they maintain the grassroots feel but stay diverse and adaptable in their organizing team.

What I find valuable is the networking opportunity and to hear from marginalized communities and librarians of visible minorities at this conference.

Other comments: transparency is important, who is on the organizing committee, develop a terms of reference - change it every few years to reflect the community, post this to share and get feedback on.

In terms of keynotes, I think hearing more from people not necessarily in the movement but have been impacted by the community as keynotes - a faculty member - a student association president - somebody not necessarily in higher education but can talk to inclusiveness and equity - D'etta Jones - maybe bring in a book author - algorithms of bias' (Safiya Umoja Noble) so somebody not necessarily explicitly in the open ed movement but can bring in higher thinking ideas that can inspire us in the movement. I found the keynotes this year a bit dull and redundant to each other. Also, they spoke in what is already obvious to us and what we already know - preaching to the choir.
LibrarianHigher Education1
11/8/2019 17:41:42I would like to see an OpenEd Conference continue on an annual basis; the pace at which programs, policies, software, resources, etc. in support of OER and OEP are developing, changing and being created, warrants a regular gathering of some kind. The opportunity to have f2f conversations is valuable and has the potential to create opportunities for collaborations and idea exchanges that might not otherwise occur.
A few suggestions for change (in no particular order): consider offering live streaming, virtual conferencing, etc. of some component of the conference; make the submission process more transparent by providing a rubric and/or by sharing program reviewer comments with the submitter; have concurrent presentation sessions but time them so that they do not overlap i.e. have sessions within the same *block* of time span the same *length* of time; extend the 25 min. sessions to at least 45 min. (many presenters went over the time limit); allow for longer travel time between sessions; organize small group meetings on the first morning of the first day so that attendees have the opportunity to meet others and share stories; similarly, organize regional gatherings; and provide at least 2 or 3 options for conference rate accommodations.
Olga PerkovicLibrarianHigher Education2
olgaperkovic@gmail.com; operkovic
Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) http://oe4bw.ijs.si/participate/
11/15/2019 11:46:15
It is easier to get funding for a larger, national/international conference instead of regional ones. I think there is value in us being together. However, like every professional conference, it should be ok to have different values/goals/perspectives and not shout down others who think differently. Perhaps OpenEd needs to have special interest groups so like-minded individuals can discuss the things most important to them. But I feel like the blasting and social media mobbing of general sessions/keynotes in past years has been very damaging to the overall community.

Let's keep meeting all together. But let's not push for the whole community to mirror our own personal goals for OER. Special interest groups could be used for that.
Faculty/Teacher/Educator, Researcher
Higher Education2OER20 in Europe
11/17/2019 22:24:12
I'm not opposed to continuing with a conference format, but I'd like to see the different categories of open practitioners better recognized and more equally represented on the agenda. Open has been dominated by librarians, and probably rightfully so in the beginning. But we have very invested faculty, administrators, instructional designers, instructional technologists, etc now who would benefit from the professional development and community our amazing open librarians can offer them. I'd love to be involved in making those connections, going forward.
Tiffani Reardon
Faculty/Teacher/Educator, Student, Instructional Designer, Advocate, Author, Researcher
Higher Education2@tiffanikreardon
Open: OE Global, OER, some state/local events. Online/Tech-Enhanced/Mobile Learning: OLC, DLA, eLmL, OEB, EduCause, so many others.