- Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies
- Open Education Resources 2016 Summit
Featuring Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role she leads SPARC’s work on the issue area of Open Education, with a dual focus on public policy and engaging the library community to advance this issue on campus.
Nicole is an internationally recognized expert and leading voice in the movement for open education. Starting during her own days as a student, she has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of college textbook costs and access to education into the public spotlight and to advance openness as a solution in both policy and practice. Drawing on her unique perspective as both a Millenial—the same generation as today’s college students—and a professional with more than a decade of experience in this field, she has been widely cited in the media and has given hundreds of talks and trainings in more than a dozen countries on open education, open policy, and grassroots advocacy.
Nicole’s career began in 2006 with the Student Public Interest Research Groups, where she worked with college students across the United States to organize numerous large-scale grassroots campaigns on college affordability and related issues. In 2013, Nicole joined SPARC to develop and lead a new program on open education, which has since evolved into a national network of more than 100 academic librarians and a robust advocacy portfolio spanning state, national and international policy. She also continues to work with students through the Right to Research Coalition and as part of the organizing team for OpenCon.
Nicole graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy. Currently she splits her time between her home in Providence, RI and SPARC’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
Morning Coffee provided by the UND Provost's Office
9:00-9:30 am - Welcome from University of North Dakota Provost Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, North Dakota Representative Thomas Beadle and Director for Distanced Education Dr. Tanya Spilovoy
9:30-10:30 am - Keynote Speaker: Nicole Allen
10:30-10:45 am - Break
10:45-11:45 am - UND Faculty and Student Panel featuring Virginia Clinton (Psychology), Fred Remer (Atmospheric Sciences), Dana Harsell (Political Science), Tim Prescott (Math), Blake Andert (Student Body Vice President), & Brandon Meyer (Student)
11:45 am-12:45 pm - Round Table discussions and Lunch provided by North Dakota University System OER Initiative
12:45-1:30 pm - Presentations by Valley City on their work with OER - Diane Burr Professor of Kinesiology and Human Performance, Alfred Bernardo User Services Librarian, and Julee A. Russell Professor of English
1:30-2:30 pm - Jason Jenkins, Office of General Council on Copyright and Creative Commons
2:30-2:45 pm - Break
2:45-3:00 pm - Showcase of UND OER Resources & Services (Library and CILT)
3:00-3:15 pm - Demo of NDUS OER Grant - Elwyn B. Robinson's History of North Dakota
3:15-3:30 pm - Questions
3:30 pm - Farewell by Director for Distanced Education Dr. Tanya Spilovoy followed by optional tour of New UND Medical School building
Keynote - Nicole Allen
UND Faculty and Student Panel
Presentation by Valley City
Sponsored by: Open Education Resources Committee, University of North Dakota (UND) Office of the Provost/VPAA, North Dakota University System (NDUS) OER Initiative, UND Chester Fritz Library, UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies, and UND Office of Extended Learning.