Open EdTech 2009

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How can we make our educational institutions truly responsive to the needs of contemporary society and today's students?
In 2009, the participants will examine how the attributes identified at Open EdTech 2008 can be realized in practice, and will outline a call to action aimed at educational leaders worldwide. This call will comprise a clear answer to the overall question that frames the 2009 summit. The discussions will focus around four broadly related themes, each envisioned as a doorway to understanding what changes need to take place to ensure we are meeting the needs of today’s learners.

Under each theme, summit attendees will be asked to collectively identify and endorse concrete action steps that educational systems must take to create an institution truly responsive to the needs of contemporary society and today's students. The themes are drawn from the work done at the 2008 OET Summit:

  • Access to high-quality education for all, and the role of open content in providing such access.
  • Informal learning, and the role of the mentor in choice making.
  • Personalized learning, and learning standards that work across borders.
  • Applications of digital video, mobile devices, social media, and the global network.

The first three of these stem directly from the attributes identified in 2008; the last theme will consider examples of the fourth attribute, technology. Digital video, mobile technologies, and social media are commonly accessible to huge populations worldwide despite local variances in infrastructure, and are uniquely suited to this conversation.

Outcomes of Open EdTech 2009

A Call to Action
Aimed at educational leaders worldwide, the Call to Action will comprise a clear answer to the overall question that frames the 2009 summit. The specific content for the call will be the top-ranked suggestions that come from the group discussions.

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What does it mean to be educated in the 21st century?
The Advisory Committee designed the program around the following four thematic areas:
  • Personalization of the learning process
  • Learning content development and delivery
  • Future technologies at the service of learning
  • Learning: everyone, everywhere and anytime
These four areas served as the basis for discussions that identified four essential attributes of an educational system that is capable of preparing students to thrive in today’s world -- see more in the Open EdTech 2008 Report