LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Javiera Atenas (United Kingdom). Co-founder with Leo Havemann of OE Policy Lab. With Leo Havemann and Fabio Nascimbeni, collaborating with Jan Neumann at the Open Education (OE) Policy Registry/OER World Map project.

Perrine de Coëtlogon (France). Hosts a digital working group at national level on Blockchain and Education (Blockchain4Edu) within the directorate for pedagogical innovation of the University of Lille (France). Check one of her inspiration for her open education work.

Simone Dedoncker (Belgium). The Coördinator of KlasCement. KlasCement is a Flemish (Belgian) OER database, and is part of the Flemish Department of Education. It contains 50.000+ OER and has 200.000 members.

Mojca Drevenšek (Slovenia). For the past 7 years in advocating for energy literacy. She is working on open education project called iEnergy Open Knowledge Platform is to strengthen energy literacy and support key stakeholders in making informed, fact-based energy related decisions in order to contribute to clean, secure and economically viable energy future. Her inspirations are: Open Education for a Better World and book/text by Paul Stacey and Sarah H. Pearson.

Charlotte Echterhoff (Germany)Works at DLR project management agency on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and have been advocating the ministry in the field of Open Educational Resources. I am inspired by the idea of collaboration and making education better for everyone. I like the initiative “public money for public goods” because it has the chance to make a change. Also I found it very inspiring to hear Jon Tennant say “Open science is just good science”. Realizing openness is one part within a cultural change which I hope is about to happen.

Spencer Ellis (United States)  Work for the Colorado Department of Higher Education in a role uniquely designed for open education work and promoting further use and adoption of OER in institutions of higher education.

Rohan Gavankar (India). One of the developers of a course ” Development of Research Based Pedagigical Tools for Science Education” an online MOOC. Initiation primer for my inspiration was the training module I underwent for developing open educational resources conducted by Department of Education Technology at SNDT University, Mumbai India. The project was presented at OE4BW in Vipava, Slovenia, where I interacted with many like- minded people and I was very much impressed by the work done by Igor Lesko, Gino Fransman and Dr. Jenny Hayman. The above two events have transformed my thinking towards open education and now I feel I have shifted my paradigm towards open education influencer.


Gasper Hrastelj (Slovenia) representative of Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. Gašper has been working for the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO since 2007. Presently, Gašper is its Deputy Secretary General and his strongest interests are the fields of Open Education, Youth Networks, UNESCO´s Science Programmes as well as UNESCO´s sports programmes.

Priscila Gonsales (Brazil) For 10 years was leading a program which developed Brazil’s largest online educational platform, Educarede. Now she cooperate with Educadigital. Over the past 14 years, I recognized that in order to liberate teachers and students from a dependence on centralized, largely static system providing instructional materials that failed to meet the needs of Brazil’s students and teachers, I would have to engage diverse coalitions in an effort to shift the thinking and practices of an extraordinarily diverse range of educational actors, from private publishers, to local, state and national education bodies, from teachers and trainers to textbook purchasing agents. To the Forum she is coming with the Open Education Policy board game.

Leo Havemann (United Kingdom)Co-founder with Javiera Atenas of OE Policy Lab, a hub for research collaboration on OE policymaking. with Javiera Atenas and Fabio Nascimbeni, collaborating with Jan Neumann at the Open Education (OE) Policy Registry/OER World Map project, on development of the Registry’s next iteration, with a view to enhancing the quality, usefulness and usability of the data held.

Hillary Miller (United States). Scholarly Communications Librarian. I plan to pursue a project to study how the state-level policy is being implemented at individual institutions. In addition to mapping the process from introduction of the bills to implementation at individual institutions, there are many questions I want to answer. For example, has the focus on cost and the inclusion of language about “low-cost OER” within the state policy led to more confusion about the definition of OER or instances of openwashing in institutional policies? There are three main project goals:1) Identify potential improvements to current state policy and strategies for improving future legislative advocacy. 2)Propose strategies for institutions to report back to the state on policy implementation and impact in order to build future legislative support. 3)Produce knowledge that can inform other state policies and advocacy.

Jan Neumann (Germany). His story with OER began 2012 when he saw Susan D’Antoni presenting her vision of an OER World Map at the World OER Congress in Paris. Jan is a member of the educational advisory board of the German UNESCO chapter, frequently speaks at conferences and blogs about OER on OERSYS.org.

Jöran Muuß-Merholz (Germany).Host of the OERcamps since 2012 (the gathering of the German OER community). Founder of Transferstelle OER, which now is OERinfo, the central hub on information on OER in Germany.

Ebba Ossiannilsson (Sweden). Professor, Dr. ICDE EC, and EDEN EC ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair ICDE Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER. The ICDE OERAC was launched at the 2017 ICDE World Conference in Toronto, as a 2-year initiative to serve ICDE and its members and related stakeholders with whom they collaborate, such as UNESCO.

Hans Põldoja (Estonia). He has been involved with open education movement as a designer of online learning tools for open education. His projects include OER authoring platforms and learning platforms for open online courses. Results of this work are presented here.

Vanessa Proudman (Netherlands) Diretcor of SPARC Europe. SPARC Europe is working to make Open the default for Research and Education. We have helped move policy-making forward on an EU level for reserch data and Open Access to publications, we have acheived this on an EU level for research data and public sector information, are liaisng closely with Plan S on OA, with the EC Horzon Europe and others.

Laure Nivo Ralamboranto (Madagascar)In collaboration with UNESCO a workshop were organised in Madagascar to write the OER policy for Madagascar. The goal is now to find ways to generalize access to open educational resources by all teachers and sutents of all level in Madagascar. Her inspirations: I am particularly impressed by the platformOER Commons with all ther resources for ICT teacher trainings.

Paulina Szczucińska (Poland)OpenStax Poland foundation mananger. We cooperate with OpenStax, Houston, TX as IT services provider and textbook creator. A lion’s part of my professional career I had spent in commercial publishing and I am relatively new to the open access field. However, I do know how to translate my previous experience in editing, marketing and sales to open access world. In our not for profit, we proved that adopting commercial processes and measures of success brings good results in terms of product quality, customers acquisitions and relations.

Dominik Theis (Germany). Member of the Politics and Legal Team at Wikimedia Deutschland. Since November 2017 has coordinated the Free Education Alliance (BFB) since mid-2018. He is advocating the openness of teaching, learning and education as well as the promotion of free knowledge. His inspirations: All the engagement and motivation that every single member of the Open (Education) Movement brings to the table everyday and often on a voluntary basis. The slow but progressing mainstreaming of OER on the national and international level and the support of our cause by the UNESCO.

Gorincioi Valeriu (Moldova) I participated in the two phases of Project “OPEN EDUCATION IN MOLDOVA: HERE AND NOW”, including as a coordinator, implemented by the ProDidactica Educational Center in the period November 2015 – July 2016. The goal of the project was to promote 1) public access to publicly funding educational materials, and 2) the concept of open educational resources through awareness raising, advocacy, coalition building, resource development which can result in providing more access to quality education for all.

Deepa Verma (India)The recent experience with “Open Education Design – Course for Practitioners” which took place at Vipava, Slovenia (July 2019) wherein I was one of the developers of a course ” integrating OERs for Science Education., an online MOOC.

Jennryn Wetzler (United States) Creative Commons Assistant Director, Open Education. Prior to CC, Jennryn worked on open policy and open educational resources (OER) at the U.S. Department of State, piloting OER use for public diplomacy and global partnerships. She’s also enjoyed gaining a different perspective of education through international development work in Thailand and Niger.