Reclaim Open Learning

better online learning for higher ed



The Reclaim Open Learning Symposium, an international convening that took place September 26th and 27th, 2013 at Calit2, University of California Irvine, was the culmination of the Reclaim Open Learning Innovation Challenge, committed to surfacing individuals and organizations that are transforming higher education toward connected and creative learning, open in content and access, participatory, and building on a growing range of experiments and innovations in networked learning. This event was free and open to the public and also recorded live.

Please continue to follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ReclaimOpen. Certain portions of the Reclaim Open Learning Symposium were streamed live via the DML Research Hub’s YouTube Channel. The agenda for the symposium is included below as well as the archive of the panel presentations.

September 26, 2013

5:00 PM (Calit2 Auditorium)

Welcome to Calit2 by G.P. Li and to the symposium by David Theo Goldberg

Opening Keynote Event – Conversation with John Seely Brown and Amin Saberi, moderated by Anya Kamenetz

Scientist, artist and strategist, for two decades the head of Xerox PARC, one of the country’s most innovative places, JSB is hailed as one of the premier minds bent to the work of understanding how learning evolves in a connected age. He’ll be talking with Amin Saberi, a professor of management science, computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford, and now the CEO of NovoEd, a MOOC startup offering courses from some of the world’s top business schools with the novel inclusion of small group, real-world collaborative project-based learning. Some questions we’ll take on: where are we in the MOOC hype cycle, and does it matter? What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of online and offline interaction for learning?

6:30 PM (Calit2 Atrium)

Gathering – Reclaim Open Learning Reception

We invite you to join us in celebrating the opening of the Reclaim Open Learning Symposium following the Conversation with John Seely Brown and Amin Saberi

September 27, 2013

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (Calit2 Atrium)

Reclaim Open Learning Demos + Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Calit2 Auditorium)

Reclaiming Open Learning–A Stake in the Ground

John Seely Brown, Nishant Shah, and Philipp Schmidt (Moderator)

What values are we articulating? Why does open learning matter? What is it “good for”? What are the stakes?

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Calit2, Room 3008)

Working Group – Reclaim Open Learning: The COURSE

Howard Rheingold

We will work all day to create a distributed multimedia open course on Reclaiming Open Learning, hacking together a syllabus, activities, assignments, competencies, and more across platforms.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Calit2 Auditorium)

Connected Learning, Digital Arts and Humanities

Susie Ferrell, Jade Ulrich, Martha Burtis, Alan Levine, Jonathan Worth, and Liz Losh (Moderator)

Why is art important in an online learning world sometimes dominated by STEM? how does the media production of learners get facilitated and managed in distributed networks and large-scale?

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Break for Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Calit2 Auditorium)

The Warm Body Effect

Josie Fraser, Freeman Murray and Anya Kamenetz (Moderator)

Space, place, and collocation — what do physical presence, local communities and live social interaction mean for learners connected by the web? What power relationships and hierarchies are implied/facilitated by openness?

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Calit2 Auditorium)

Contexts & Outcomes

Howard Rheingold, Anya Kamenetz, and Mimi Ito (Moderator)

What are the broader social and economic contexts in which open learning is happening? How do questions of value and quality get negotiated? How do we define success?

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Calit2 Auditorium)

Presentation from ‘Reclaim Open Learning: The COURSE’

Howard Rheingold

The working group will present their course.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Calit2 Auditorium)

Closing Remarks

David Theo Goldberg