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8th Communia Workshop: 19-20 April 2010, Istanbul (Turkey)

The 8th COMMUNIA Workshop - Education and the Public Domain: The Emergence of a Shared Educational Commons - will be held in Istanbul (Turkey) on Monday 19 and (possibly) Tuesday 20 April 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop venue HAS BEEN MOVED to Ozyegin University, on the Asian side of Istanbul.(See below for more logistics details). A map and instructions on how to reach Ozyegin University are available here. If you reach Sozbir Hotel (the previous workshop venue) on Monday by 9:15 a bus will take you to Ozyegin University; otherwise, please take a taxi, it is a fairly short ride from Uskudar Ferry Terminal/Sozbir Hotel.

Pre-registration is required: COMMUNIA members please use this form.


Istanbul city lights at night - By: Ali KILIC - License: Creative Commons License (By ND 3.0)

Prof. James Boyle, renowned scholar of the public domain, will provide a keynote speech titled: "The Glorious Open Educational Revolution! (And why it hasn't happened yet)".

Indeed: why is it taking so long to have a worldwide, vibrant open commons of educational material? Important successes have been scored, to be sure, but all in all far less than we could have expected ten years ago, considering the nature of education and the general inclination of educators towards openness.

What have been - and are - the main obstacles on the way to implementing something apparently so natural? What can we do to remove them, both by smarter operation on the ground and by appropriate policy changes?

What are the benefits of unleashing the full potential of the open education?

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The workshop will convene leading experts, practitioners and all interested parties to explore success stories, best practices, current projects, legal obstacles and technical issues. With special attention, given that the workshop will be held on the Bosphorus, given to the Turkish and Middle-Eastern scenarios, vibrant areas where the open educational movement might soon score important successes.

The workshop is being organized by Ozyegin University (Turkey), Intellectual Property Institute (Slovenia), Creative Commons (USA) and the NEXA Center for Internet & Society (Italy).


PLEASE NOTE: The workshop venue HAS BEEN MOVED to Ozyegin University, on the Asian side of Istanbul.(See below for more logistics details). A map and instructions on how to reach Ozyegin University are available here. If you reach Sozbir Hotel (the previous workshop venue) on Monday by 9:15 a bus will take you to Ozyegin University; otherwise, please take a taxi, it is a fairly short ride from Uskudar Ferry Terminal/Sozbir Hotel.

Here a few suggested hotels for Communia Members. Please, at the time of booking, remember to mention Ozyegin University in order to benefit from special prices.

There are shuttle buses from the Airports, please see the timetables:

Other public transportation:

Please read below for a draft programme and further information.

PROGRAMME

Sunday, 18 April 2010 (Pre-workshop events)

Plenary meeting of COMMUNIA members at Sözbir Hotel (from 10:30 on)

As soon as the plenary meeting is over, the Working Groups may start their respective meetings as per WG Leads instructions. Working Group meetings can take place at various areas such as the lobby, cafeteria, the bar, terrace, etc.



Monday, 19 April 2010

Morning

Registration (09:00-10:00)

Welcome Addresses (10:00-10:30):

Prof. Erhan Erkut, Rector of Özyeğin University

Prof. Şirin Tekinay, Vice-Rector Responsible for Research and Technology, Özyeğin University

Prof. Zuhal Çevik, Associate Director, Turkish Department of Copyright and Cinema

Prof. Juan Carlos de Martin, Politecnico of Torino, Nexa Centre for Internet and Society

Keynote (10:30-11:15): Prof. James Boyle (Duke University)
"The Glorious Open Educational Revolution! (And why it hasn't happened yet)"

Coffee Break (11:15-11:30)

Session 1 (11:30-12:30): From Open Courseware to Open Educational Resources; the Turkish Movement

Chair: prof. Sirin Tekinay, Ozyegin University.

The initial steps of the Open CourseWare movement in Turkey comprised a pilot project for a consortium of Turkish universities formed under the leadership of Turkish Academy of Sciences to meet concrete open courseware objectives. The project is well on its way to completion. The project is sponsored by the The Council of Higher Education, and the State Planning Organization; the effort is a prime example of motivation in unison and concerted efforts. However, there are wartales to tell. This session brings together leaders from all involved parties to frame and discuss not only the launching and sustaining, but also evolutionary paths (or revolutions?), of the journey to achieve the vision of open educational resources.

Lunch break (12:30-14:00)

Afternoon

Session 2 (14:00-15:15): Open Education as a Bridge for Collaboration to the Middle East

Chair: Dr. Donatella della Ratta, Creative Commons.

OER is foundational for developing countries working to build socio-economic infrastructure and capitalize on knowledge. This panel will consider COMMUNIA education policy recommendations in the context of OER projects in the region, including the Middle East. Panelists will explore how those recommendations may impact the opportunities and challenges that exist for OER projects throughout the broader region.

Coffee Break (15:15-15:45)

Technology Nuggets (15:45-16:00)

Slidecast by Nathan Yergler on "Search and Discovery: OER's Open Loop", 6'.
Presentation by Joris Klerkx on "The ARIADNE Infrastructure" (7'30", quicktime movie, 50MB; higher quality version, 250MB, here).
Slidecast by Francesc Busquets: "Creating and sharing OER in primary and secondary education: challenges and strategies".

Session 3 (16:00-17:15): Harmonization of copyright law and copyright management

Chair: Dr. Prodromos Tsiavos, London School of Economics.

Discussant: Prof. James Boyle, Duke Law School.

The copyright session will focus on the questions of necessity of more harmonized law and copyright management, in particular clearing of rights for global models for online education, including digital reposition of works. Copyright laws of national states are still territorial and although harmonized they function very differently in practice. Additionally, development of cross border online models is significantly hindered by national monopolies of collective societies.
The recent developments in digitalization of literary works have highlighted the need for a fast and efficient European response.

Session 4 (17:15-17:45): Wrap-up Session: What next?

Chair: prof. J.C. De Martin, Coordinator COMMUNIA Network
The keynote speaker and the session chairs will discuss the results of the discussion of the day and map what the next steps should be to make Open Educational Resources thrive.

Social Dinner (19:00)

The dinner will take place at the Bridge Restaurant. The cost of the meal will be about 80 TL + VAT.



Tuesday, 20 April 2010 - canceled

The travel disruption caused by the volcano ash cloud prevented all Tuesday's speakers from reaching Istanbul. A 6-minute slidecast by Nathan Yergler (technology session chair) is available here: "Search and Discovery: OER's Open Loop".

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