Open Education 2007: Localizing and Learning, September 26-28, 2007

OpenEd 2007 Call for Proposals – Deadline extended to Friday, June 15, 2007

For the first several years our field focused on content production and content licensing. Today, there are thousands of full university courses and tens of thousands of learning modules available as open educational resources under open licenses like those offered by Creative Commons. However, our work isn’t finished; we’re simply nearing a checkpoint.

If our open education efforts aren’t supporting learning, we’re failing as a field. Period. And as we are beginning to understand how to produce and license content, we have to turn some of our attention to how this content is used by learners and teachers. How do they change, adapt, and localize it for their specific needs or the needs of their specific students? Do open educational resources support learning in ways different from non-open resources? In what concrete ways do open educational resources support learning?

OpenEd 2007 will focus on:

  • Localizing open educational resources
  • Learning from open educational resources

Submission Instructions

Submit a brief description (50 words or less) and a long description (500 words) describing your topic, project, and/or research related to one or more of the conference themes. All presenters are required to register for the conference.

Acceptance announcements will be made by July 31, 2007. If your session was accepted for presentation, we strongly encourage you to submit a full paper for publication in the conference proceedings. Accepted full papers (5-10 pages) are due no later than August 17, 2007.

All submissions (brief description, long description and full papers) and presentations must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (

Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance decisions will be made based on the following criteria:

A submission is RELEVANT when

  • it directly address one or more of the conference themes

A submission is SIGNIFICANT when

  • it raises and discusses issues important to improving the effectiveness and/or sustainability of open education efforts, and
  • its contents can be broadly disseminated and understood

A submission is ORIGINAL when

  • it addresses a new problem or one that hasn’t been studied in depth,
  • it has a novel combination of existing research results which promise new insights, and / or
  • it provides a perspective on problems different from those explored before

A submission is of HIGH QUALITY when

  • existing literature is drawn upon, and / or
  • claims are supported by sufficient data, and / or
  • an appropriate methodology is selected and properly implemented, and / or
  • limitations are described honestly

A submission is CLEARLY WRITTEN when

  • it is organized effectively, and / or
  • the English is clear and unambiguous, and / or
  • it follows standard conventions of punctuation, mechanics, and citation, and / or
  • the readability is good


Ask your question on the OpenEd 2007 Forum. Or email conference at cosl dot usu dot edu.