Politecnico di Milano
Keynote Title: Students: storytellers and creators of their own open futures
Students are in all our minds with different roles: learners; lifelong learners; next generation of decision makers; today’s and tomorrow’s citizens. We are all working for them, but still students often have little or no voice in these contexts. There is a growing debate around the type of skills, competencies, knowledge and attitudes required for them to constructively face global challenges, to become active citizens and participants in the knowledge economy. What kind of future do students envision for education? What is the role of Open Education in this process? But first: are students aware of“Open Education”? Are they engaging in “Open Practices”? If yes, how? Are they actively contributing to the creation of knowledge and growth of Open Contents? Would they, if they knew? Moreover: would it be worth it, in their perspective? Let’s ask them. Students are the protagonists of this keynote, and the work behind the scenes to support their learning success is the other part of the story we are going to tell together.
About: Paola Corti works as Project Manager and instructional designer at METID (Metodi E Tecnologie Innovative per la Didattica – Innovative Methods and Technologies for Learning), the teaching and learning innovation unit of Politecnico di Milano (Italy). METID supports teachers in adopting innovative approaches,operates to design and develop e-learning services, and takes part in several research and training projects collaborating with some of the most reputable European universities. Paola coordinated the design and the production of the “MOOCs for Teachers” series on teaching innovation on POK, the MOOC platform of Politecnico di Milano. This series of MOOCs includes the first OER MOOC delivered by Politecnico di Milano, “Using OERs in Teaching,” winner of the OE Award for Excellence in 2017. This MOOC opened the road to a series of new MOOCs released under CC licence in the University. Paola is the co-chair of the 2019 Open Education Global Conference.
Students joining Paola during her keynote
College of the Canyons
Trudi is an OER specialist at College of the Canyons, working with professors to develop open textbooks and other open educational resources. She manages a workflow that ranges from consulting with professors, to formatting text for accessibility, and creates unique graphics and style elements for the textbooks.
She is also a Co-Leader of the California OER Student Advocates, a group of students across California colleges and universities who raise awareness of OER amongst faculty and students. The research and activism of the OER Student Advocates will ultimately be compiled into an OER Student Advocacy toolkit. This work is generously supported by the Michelson 20MM Foundation.
Trudi graduated from College of the Canyons and is currently pursuing a masters degree in American History at California State University, Northridge. She believes open education to be one of the fundamental principles of her academic career. She embraces opportunities to increase culturally relevant references and examples in the texts; she believes students ought to see themselves and their real life experiences in their learning materials.
Politecnico di Milano
Giulia Boggiali is a MSc student in Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. She’s vice-president of Politecnico Open unix Labs (POuL), a student association promoting use and development of Free Software.She believes in open source and knowledge sharing, and in their benefits for education.
Robert Queckenberg studies English and Comparative Literature at Ruhr-Universität Bochum since 2014. In 2017, together with two fellow students, he designed HERMAION, an interdisciplinary student-run lecture course in which the lecturers are students themselves and which allows them to share their research with their peers, gain teaching experience and serve as approachable role-models to their fellow students. After successfully organising their first course in the summer of 2018, Robert and his colleagues have continuously worked on improving the course concept, making it more student-friendly, more interactive, more interdisciplinary and more OPEN in the process. Because of his involvement in the project Robert was asked to become RUB’s student representative in the 2018 EUA thematic working group on promoting active learning. Since then Robert has shared his vision of students co-creating their learning and teaching at various national and international conferences. As a member of the student union at RUB he has recently started working together with the rectorate on building an institutional framework to facilitate the creation of many more student-run teaching projects like HERMAION in the future.