Exploring What it Means to Open the Boundaries of Education and Research
For NEXT 2017, we invite you to consider the barriers and boundaries that affect pedagogy and research - and students’ access to learning.
To address concerns over financial barriers to education, faculty and institutions are looking more closely at Open Educational Resources, which may lower the cost of education for both providers and students. Additionally, universities are considering how universal design might provide greater accessibility for all learners rather than providing accommodations for the few. Furthermore, as learners and learning spaces are no longer bound to brick and mortar campuses, educators are revisiting and remixing their pedagogical techniques / methodologies to address the wide variety of teaching situations we now face.
We look forward to seeing how you interpret the conference theme - how you push the boundaries of our description. As you explore ideas for your presentation, however, here are some questions to help jumpstart your proposal submission:
- How can/should we be using open educational resources in light of the financial constraints faced by students and colleges/universities?
- What ethical concerns do we face when researching in “open” areas like social media sites?
- How have programs like College Credit Plus changed the landscape of higher education as our campus boundaries have opened to this growing population of younger students?
- What role(s) might experiential-learning play in breaking down barriers between student motivation and learning?
- What barriers exist between traditional assessment tools and our ability to accurately measure student learning and progress?
- How can tools and technologies be used most effectively to open the boundaries of our educational practices?
- How might we address the barriers to success faced by online students?
- What responsibilities and/or opportunities do we have to make higher education open and accessible to everyone?
- How can we use practices like competency-based education to lift barriers to entry for non-traditional students?<
- How might we address faculty concerns about open educational resources and intellectual property?
Request for Proposals
You are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 500 words for any of the formats listed below. Proposals are due by Wednesday, January 4th. Proposals for Poster presentations are due Tuesday, January 31st.
- Individual: In this 20-minute LEARN session, the speaker will present an aspect of their pedagogy or research.
- Panel: In this 50-minute DISCUSS session, the speakers (maximum 3) will present research or pedagogical practices with the goal of opening discussion among panelists and session attendees.
- Workshop: In this 50-minute CREATE session, the speaker(s) will lead attendees through a guided, hands-on activity.
- Steal My Idea: In this 5-minute session, the speaker(s) will present a classroom practice, technology, or lesson that opens boundaries or breaks down barriers to education. Conference attendees will vote to determine the idea most worth stealing.
- Poster Presentation (Graduate Student Only): In addition to the standard sessions, graduate students are invited to submit proposals for a poster presentation. Posters will be displayed in the lobby, and conference attendees will vote on the presentation that best addresses the conference theme. Proposals due January 31st.
To get started, click on the Submit Proposal link on the left. You will need to login with your IdeaExchange, Digital Commons or Selected Works account. If you are from another institution and already have an account for one of these systems, you can use that same account here.