For the 2009 Symposium we were honored to have two great speakers who helped us explore the relationship among faculty, students, and educational technologies: David Wiley, who delivered our keynote address in the morning, and danah boyd, who was our lunchtime speaker. Both discussed their work as it relates to “Student Engagement and the Culture of Teaching and Learning.”
David Wiley is an internationally recognized expert in the area of reusable educational resources and has authored dozens of books, peer-reviewed journal articles, and magazine columns dealing with educationally effective uses of technology. Wiley believes that higher education needs to align itself with the changes in both society and its student base by innovating in the areas of openness, connectedness, participation, and personalization. Toward that goal, Wiley has been at the forefront of the Open Education Movement, championing for educational materials and resources to be offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses, such as a Creative Commons license, to remix, improve, and redistribute. His classes are collaborative experiences where he and his students cocreate the class using readily available resources and social media applications.
Wiley is an associate professor of instructional psychology and technology at Brigham Young University. Prior to his move to Brigham Young, he was an associate professor of instructional technology and the director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State. He is the founder of OpenContent.org, which released the first open license for content in 1998. He is also the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Young Researcher/CAREER award. Media outlets such as the New York Times, the Economist, the London Financial Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education have covered his work. You can read more about Wiley and the open content movement by visiting his blog, iterating toward openness.