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Call for Proposals: Open Education Southern Symposium 2020 (July 16 – 17 at North Carolina State Univ.) — Deadline Feb. 16

(via Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas)

Theme: Open Connections: Regional and Local Community Building for Equity and Sustainability
The Open Education Southern Symposium (OESS) is now accepting proposals for its day and a half conference on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, 17, 2020 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the beautiful North Carolina State University campus. Proposals should fall into three categories:

o    Presentations: 25 or 50 minutes
o    Panel Discussions: 50 minutes
o    Roundtables: 25 minutes

We welcome proposals from faculty/educators, students, librarians, instructional designers, educational technologists, and administrators as well as institutions and organizations big and small involved in open education and open pedagogy. We’re hoping to create a program that provides development opportunities for both novices and advanced open education practitioners.

Some proposal topic ideas that might be of interest include:

o    Adoption and creation of resources
o    Publishing Platforms
o     Best Practices and Impact of Open Education
o    Creative Commons, Copyright, and Other Licensing
o    Marketing and Advocacy
o    Pedagogy & Student Success, including K-12 Highlights
o    Instructional Design Strategies for OER
o    Trends & Innovation
o    OER in Community Colleges
o    Tenure, promotion, and OER
o    OER Community Building
o    Assessment
o    Inclusion and Diversity in Open Education
o    Crowd Sourcing OER Projects
o    OER Research
o    Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, and OER on Campus
o    OER Basics: Tips for New Programs
o    Student Engagement in OER Advocacy
o    Accessibility of OER

OESS is committed to highlighting a variety of voices and experiences. First time presenters are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Submission Details:

  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time. The submission form can be found on our event website (https://openedss.uark.edu) under the Call for Proposals<https://openedss.uark.edu/call-for-proposals.php> page.
  • Proposal social media summaries should not exceed 240 characters (spaces included). Social media summaries are shortened abstracts which will fit into a single tweet on Twitter.
  • Proposal abstracts should not exceed 2000 characters or approximately 500 words.
  • All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking or practice of open education and open pedagogy. Proposal reviewers will use the Open Education Southern Symposium’s 2020 Proposal Reviewing Procedures<https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PsmoMXnkRrA9FX6QkaatMEbrGrkI2izp/view?usp=sharing> document to guide their evaluation of submissions.
  • The program committee will deliver decisions by March 30, 2020.
  • Presenters will be asked to accept or decline the invitation to present by April 17, 2020.
  • All presenters will be required to register for the symposium.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas (sjpierc@uark.edu) or the Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee, at openedsouthsymposium@gmail.com.

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