#OER at South by Southwest Education Conference



Anyone want to co-facilitate a session at this conference with me?
I'm sure you know of the South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film, and interactive shows -- now there is also SXSWedu. 
This year, SXSWedu is including an OER strand in their conference. To my knowledge, this will be one of the first K-12 OER conference strands at a major conference. We are hoping to get lots of participation and to make this a significant OER event. Most of the participants at the conference will not have heard of OER before, so we have a chance to really raise awareness.
We would love to see you present at this event. The conference is March 6-8, and presentation submissions are due Oct. 1:http://www.sxswedu.com/content/edu-panelpicker
If you have questions, let me know. And please spread the word to anyone you know in OER who might be interested.
If you're not sure what OER is, my best guess is that it's Open Educational Resources. And, when you read the definition below, I'm sure you'll agree that there is ample room for discussion!
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. Open Educational Resources are different from other resources a teacher may use in that OER have been given limited or unrestricted licensing rights. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. 
For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
Source: http://www.oercommons.org/about#what-are-open-educational-resources-oer 

For example, all the content that I create online here at Around the Corner and MoodleMayhem.org is shared under Creative Commons ShareAlike-Attribution-NonCommercial Copyright. . .in looking back, I suspect I may have erred in the "noncommercial" aspect. My goal was simply to make content available and prevent businesses (e.g. like one vendor who created a portal school districts paid to access for my articles MANY years ago) to make money off my work. I wanted my work to be available for educational uses by other educators.


I'm still not sure where I stand in all this, if a bit confused. Is OER a subject I could facilitate a session on? Thoughts?

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blognoxious said…
We developed some training at our college (Houston Community College) dealing with Open Educational Resources using Connexions (http://cnx.org/content/m33244/latest/), but haven't had much success with faculty buy-in.
Are you having any luck getting faculty interested in open source materials?

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