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Changing Education... Open Content, Open Hardware, Open Curricula

Emerging Topics
Location: Portland 252 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 9 ratings)

In the wake of the ‘Cape Town Declaration’, more and more open source people are thinking about applying open source principles to Education. This panel discussion will introduce exciting concepts and some of the thought leaders in the Open Educational Content movement, including Mark Shuttleworth (the Shuttleworth Foundation), Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia and Wikia), Bobby Kurshan (CEO Curriki Foundation), Cliff Schmidt (co-founded Literacy Bridge), Janet Haven (Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation) and moderator Danese Cooper (Open Source Initiative). There will be opportunities to learn about getting involved. Come get inspired!!

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Cliff Schmidt

Literacy Bridge

Cliff Schmidt is the Executive Director of Literacy Bridge (www.literacybridge.org), a nonprofit organization empowering children and adults with affordable tools for knowledge sharing and literacy learning.

Prior to founding Literacy Bridge, Cliff ran a successful software consulting business that developed technical, business strategy, and legal policy solutions for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. His expertise included intellectual property issues, nonprofit governance, privacy policies, export controls, and community development. He also served many nonprofit open source organizations, such as The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the Eclipse Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, including positions on the board of directors and as the Vice President of Legal Affairs for the ASF.

In the 12 years prior to his consulting work, Cliff worked as a software developer and industry standards representative for Microsoft, as the manager of open source programs for BEA Systems, and as a nuclear engineer and submarine officer for the US Navy.

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Danese Cooper


Danese Cooper has a 15-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Cooper worked for six years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. on the inception and growth of the various open source projects sponsored by Sun (including OpenOffice.org, java.net and blogs.sun.com). She was Sun’s chief open source evangelist and founded Sun’s Open Source Programs Office. She has unique experience implementing open source projects from within a large proprietary company. She joined the OSI Board in December 2001 and currently serves as Secretary & Treasurer. In March 2005, Cooper joined Intel to advise on open source projects, investment and support. She speaks internationally on open source and licensing issues.

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Mark Shuttleworth

Ubuntu & Canonical

Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of both Ubuntu and Canonical. Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, defining the operations and user experience of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud, and IoT deployments at scale.

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Derek Keats

The University of the Western Cape

Derek Keats is Executive Director of Information & Communication Services at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa, and has a mandate to use information and communications technologies to strengthen UWC as a national institution of higher education in a global context. He is a biologist with strong interests in using technology to improve teaching and learning, to enable higher education in the developing world to respond to the challenges of globalization, and to promote sustainable development while maintaining the quality of the environment.

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Bobbi Kurshan


Dr. Kurshan has spent her career committed to using technology to improve children’s learning. She has founded several successful companies focused on technology and education. In her new position as the Executive Director of Curriki, she plans to build a global community that will provide the best open source curricula just a click away.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Kurshan developed the first children’s software products for Microsoft – Creative Writer and Fine Artist and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (Pearson) and others. As a professor, she helped students research the impact of technology on learning. Dr. Kurshan also publishes articles based on personal research exploring women’s attitudes toward technology, how kids use computers, and new ways of learning through understanding. She has been quoted in many influential journals and serves as a reviewer and advisor to research projects for the National Science Foundation and other government and business groups.

Currently, Dr. Kurshan serves on the boards of WorldSage, a for-profit higher education system to address education for the 21st Century and Interschola, a company that helps education clients turn idle assets into cash by selling the goods via online auctions, as well as several education technology companies, including Fablevision. Among numerous honors, Dr. Kurshan received the Education Academic Society’s Making It Happen Award and the Highest Leaf Award from the Women’s Venture Fund. She is listed in Who’s Who in Technology Today.

Dr. Kurshan received her Ed.D. and M.S. from Virginia Tech University and her B.S. from Newcomb College at Tulane University.

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David Wiley

Brigham Young University

Dr. David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, Founder of the Open High School of Utah, and Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge. He was formerly Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Utah State University and Director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning, a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Open University of the Netherlands, and is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation’s CAREER grant. He is the founder of OpenContent, coining the term “open content” and releasing the first open license for content in 1998. His career is dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunity for everyone around the world.

Brian Behlendorf

CollabNet, Mozilla Foundation

A board member at CollabNet and the Mozilla Foundation, but mostly now a free agent on all things open source.

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