NMC On the Horizon > Increasing Focus on Open Content

Dates: 1 October 2014 – 10:00am11:00am

This event has already occurred. You may now watch it on the NMC YouTube channel.

Join the NMC and our panel of Increasing Focus on Open Content thought leaders on Wednesday, October 1 at 8am PT / 10am CT/ 11am ET. This one-hour session will be held in the Google+ On Air platform and broadcasted live on YouTube. Participation is free for all attendees.

The movement toward open content reflects a change in the way educators and scholars are conceptualizing education. Information is everywhere now; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Often mistaken to simply mean “free of charge,” advocates of openness have worked toward defining “open” more broadly — not just free in economic terms, but also in terms of ownership and usage rights. Alternative licensing schemes such as Creative Commons have advanced this vision by providing a legal framework for people to share content freely. The goal of openness is to ensure the unimpeded distribution of valuable, scientific knowledge and to guarantee that educational materials are freely copiable, freely remixable, and free of barriers to access. Using open content also has pragmatic appeal; it offers solutions to the rising cost of education and addresses the scarcity of quality resources in remote or developing regions of the world. As more schools, universities, and other academic institutions integrate open content into curricula, there will be increased focus on processes to evaluate and validate these resources on a wide scale. Issues of intellectual property and digital citizenship are equally important to understanding the impact of this trend on teaching and learning.

Meet the Panel

Panel Moderator: Victoria Estrada, Editorial Associate at the NMC

Victoria Estrada is part of the NMC Horizon Project team and also helps out as the managing editor for the NMC Blog. When she’s not up to her to ears in words, Victoria likes to stay involved in the Austin nonprofit community as a trainer for ESL instructors for the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and a volunteer studio recorder for the Texas State Library. Before the NMC, Victoria worked for a year at La Universidad Nacional assisting professors in the English Teaching department and working with aspiring ESL teachers on behalf of the Fulbright Commission.

Dr. Susan Hines, Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies at Chadron State College

Dr. Dr. Susan C. Hines is the Associate Vice President for Teaching & Learning Technologies at Chadron State College (CSC). She provides direction and oversight for the Library Learning Commons and the Teaching & Learning Center at CSC. Susan has a keen interest in instructional technologies and works with both units to improve upon the digital media and tools available to students and faculty across campus and online.

Rob Lancefield, Manager of Museum Information Services, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Rob Lancefield leads digital work at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, where he developed and implemented the DAC Open Access Images policy in 2012. Building on over 30 years of engagement with technology and the arts, his interests include digital strategy and content sharing. A former president of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), the organization for museum information professionals, he represents MCN on the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Council of Affiliates and is founding manager of the MCN Group on LinkedIn. Rob serves on program committees for MCN and Museums & the Web, has served on recent Advisory Boards for the NMC Horizon Report: Museum Edition, and is a co-founding member of ImageMuse, which now connects more than 400 imaging professionals from cultural heritage institutions worldwide.

Cristiana Mattos de Assumpção, Educational Technology Coordinator at Colegio Bandeirantes in São Paulo, Brazil

Cristiana Mattos Assumpcao Ed.D. has a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, M.A. in Computers in Education, Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Columbia of the City of New York. She has been teaching for 26 years and has been the Educational Technology Coordinator at Colegio Bandeirantes in São Paulo since 2002. She participates in several national and international conferences as a peer reviewer and a speaker. She has been part of the K12 Horizon Report advisory board since 2010.

Paul Signorelli, Writer/Trainer/Instructional Designer/Presenter/Social Media Strategist/Consultant, Paul Signorelli and Associates, 

Paul Signorelli pursues a variety of interests as a San Francisco-based writer, trainer, instructional designer, social media strategist, presenter, consultant—and lifelong learner. He explores, writes about, and helps others become familiar with e-learning; social media; open-educational resources such as MOOCs; mobile technology; and community partnerships (onsite and online) to creatively facilitate positive change within organizations. He also absolutely adores connectivist MOOCs, having participated as a learner in #etmooc (the Educational Technology & Media MOOC) and #xplrpln (the Exploring Personal Learning Networks MOOC) in 2013. He is active at several levels in the New Media Consortium (including service on Horizon Report advisory boards/expert panels), the American Library Association, and the Association for Talent Development (formerly the American Society for Training & Development); earned an MLIS through the University of North Texas (with an emphasis on online learning) and an M.A. in Arts Administration at Golden Gate University (San Francisco); blogs athttp://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com; and can be reached atpaul@paulsignorelli.com.

Karen Smith, Mitacs Elevate Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto & Mozilla 

Dr. Karen Louise Smith is a Toronto-based researcher interested in digital media, design, citizenship and society. She completed her PhD in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto (U of T), Canada. She is currently a Mitacs Elevate post-doctoral research fellow working in partnership with Mozilla and U of T. At Mozilla, Dr. Smith contributes to Hive Toronto, a digital literacy network of over 40 youth serving organizations. Dr. Smith also contributes to Mozilla Webmaker, a site to teach web literacy.  In 2014-2015, Dr. Smith is the Principle Investigator on a project titled “Co-­Designing Open Badges for Privacy Education with Canadian Youth,” funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Dr. Smith is actively interested in supporting the open culture of the web through research and community engagement.

About the NMC On the Horizon Series

The “NMC on the Horizon” series reflects the research and work of the NMC Horizon Project in action. International panels of experts are convened across all education sectors to address the emerging technologies poised to significantly impact teaching and learning.