november, 2019

26nov(nov 26)8:00 am28(nov 28)4:00 pmOE Global Conference 2019 - Milan, Italy

Event Details

EduChange President Catherine Saldutti has been selected to present an Action Lab and a World Cafe session at the OE Global Conference 2019 in Milan, Italy in November.The Open Education Global Conference is where the world meets to discuss how opening education helps us achieve universal access, equity, innovation and opportunity in education. The OE Global conference is the most internationally diverse conference devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances educational practices around the world.

The Future is Here: Powering Lifelong Learning Architecture & Competency-based Education with Sustainable OER
We need to change our relationship with both time and content in order to deliver truly 21st-century learning architecture. Nearly 20 years ago we began to question, dismantle, and then re-engineer multiple systems that better align with the modern flow of information, the neuroscience of learning, and the need for a global citizenry of lifelong learners. This Action Lab shares examples from 12 years of implementation of our Integrated Science Program across a wide array of demographics inside public, private and international secondary schools (ages 13-20) in the USA, Malaysia, Japan, Brazil and Mexico.

You will see in the materials and presentation what we mean by “open”:

  • Open content organization by breaking down disciplinary silos to create a interdisciplinary STE(A)M program that replaces formal science class
  • Open the roles of publisher, teachers & students, making them more collaborative and directly ensconced in the Information Age through a Sustainable OER model. We evolve ~15% of content annually and invite students to write & render ~30% of their ‘digital science textbook’
  • Open learning architecture by using a multi-year progression rather than single-year courses. Students build layers of ‘conceptual threads’ across multiple contexts explicitly and in a personalized manner. This mimics brain activity during adolescence, a developmental period of high neural connectivity
  • Open student assessment by linking individual performance tasks to common competencies, and replace the task “grade” with individual competency ratings that map to personalized learning profiles over time (and also remove midterms and final exams in the process!)
  • Discard proprietary platforms in favor of those used commonly in schools (Google Classroom, Microsoft Education), which maintain long-term, truly inclusive, open access to evolving productivity integrations, creativity add-ons and assistive technology tools. Schools can pilot emerging technologies without dismantling the structures of the learning progressions.
  • Open students to a wide array of genres in authentic STEM, far beyond the digital textbook. We build on disciplinary literacy research to apprentice students.


26 (Tuesday) 8:00 am - 28 (Thursday) 4:00 pm GMT+1


Politecnico Milano

Milano Bovisa Campus