ALT's 2017-20 Strategy sets out openness as one of the Association's core values. Openness informs our aim to 'increase the impact of Learning Technology for public benefit', and the Open Education movement, which seeks to capitalize on the opportunities afforded by digital technology and communication, is an important driver for the wider and more effective use of Learning Technology. In turn, the expertise of Learning Technology practitioners has a key role to play in enabling and promoting the widespread adoption of open educational resources (OER) and practices. Following on from the Action Plan adopted at the second World OER Congress in Ljubljana, 2017, just over a year ago ALT issued a guide and call to action for policy-makers on Open Education and OER.
Over the course of this week, 4 - 8 March, we come together with the global community to advocate for openness in education and to celebrate the success of the Open Education movement in improving access to and quality of education worldwide. You can explore the packed programme at https://www.openeducationweek.org/
On Tuesday 5 March, 16.30 GMT, ALT's Chief Executive Maren Deepwell and CIO Martin Hawksey will be discussing OER in the UK context: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2Ev8Ik1
On Wednesday 6 March, 09.30 GMT, ALT's Open Education SIG will be hosting a webinar on 'Adopting open practices in schools': https://go.alt.ac.uk/2EvlyPf
On Friday 8 March, International Women's Day, at 13.00 GMT, Javiera Atenas, Frances Bell and Caroline Kuhn will be facilitating a webinar on 'Women in the Open': https://go.alt.ac.uk/2Xkaey4
- Participate in Open Education Week (#OEWeek)
- Join the Open Education SIG (#openedsig) or our other Special Interest Groups which are open to all and free to join
- Access the complete archive of Research in Learning Technology, ALT’s Open Access journal
- FInd and share resources in the ALT Open Access Repository
- Read and write for the #ALTC Blog and disseminate your practice or research
If you haven’t already done so, we also encourage you to explore the ALT Strategy slides, download the full text in PDF or Google docs. Visual content is available on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.
Coming up soon after Open Education Week on 11-12 April 2019 is OER19: Recentering Open. This is one of three conferences ALT organises with its Members each year. Registration is still open and if you can't attend in person a number of sessions are live streamed for free. You can also follow the conference on social media with the hashtag #oer19.