Decreasing Costs, Improving Access, and Increasing Quality of Education
School of Education, Brigham Young University
Date: March 26, 2013
"Open educational resources” (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open copyright license that permits everyone to freely reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, journal articles, and any other tools or materials used to support learning. While OER initiatives like MIT OpenCourseWare generated lots of media buzz during the 2000s, the uptake of OER in formal, credit-bearing settings has not been as great as pundits predicted. Now a new wave of initiatives is leveraging OER to dramatically decrease the cost, improve access, and increase the quality of K-12 and higher education for the average student. Come learn how "open" is shaping the field of education at all levels, and what is coming in the future.
About the Speaker
Dr. David Wiley is a Shuttleworth Fellow, working to lower the cost and improve the quality of education. He is currently on leave from Brigham Young University and leading Lumen, an organization dedicated to supporting and improving the adoption of open educational resources by middle schools, high schools, community and state colleges, and universities. As an academic, Dr. Wiley has received numerous recognitions for his work, including an NSF CAREER grant and appointments as Senior Fellow for Strategy with the Saylor Foundation, Peery Social Entrepreneurship Research Fellow in the BYU Marriott School of Business, and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. As a social entrepreneur, Dr. Wiley has founded or co-founded numerous entities including Lumen, Degreed, and the Open High School of Utah. In 2009, Fast Company named Dr. Wiley one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” David lives in Utah with his wife and five children and enjoys running, playing basketball, listening to and making music, and reading.