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Call for Co-Chairs for the #OER18 conference

Would you like to be more involved in the OER conference? We are seeking experienced co-chairs for the 2018 Conference Committee of the 9th OER Conference, who will play a major role in planning and facilitating the conference, which will take place in April 2018. You can find more information about previous OER conferences on the OER17 and OER16 websites. The conference format evolves each year to keep pace with the changing expectations and priorities of participants and speakers, but its core values around Open Education remain strong. This is your chance to take part in shaping the conference and to be at the forefront of Open Education.

We are looking to appoint two people with the following qualities:

  • national/international standing in the Open Education field
  • the commitment and vision to make the conference a success
  • the capacity to chair a major international conference and its programme committee
  • enthusiasm for and/or experience of working with the Open Education community and ALT.

In addition, we encourage expressions of interest from individuals whose institution (universities, larger FE colleges and other educational institutions) are willing to host the conference. Planning and organising  the conference will be the responsibility of the Conference Committee supported by ALT staff. While the role is unremunerated, travel and subsistence costs will be met by ALT, and the conference fee will be waived.

Interested? Please send an email to Maren Deepwell [email protected], with evidence supporting the four  headings above, by 27 February 2017. If you have not previously chaired or co-chaired the conference, you are particularly welcome to apply.

Expressions of interest from two or more individuals interested in co-chairing together can be submitted as a single email. As an informal guideline, please limit your expression of interest to no more than 500 words in total. Proposals will be reviewed by the current OER17 Chairs on behalf of the Conference Committee, together with SIG officers of the Open Education SIG.  Based on their recommendation, the  ALT Trustees will have final approval.