David Wiley, a nationally recognized expert on open education, spoke in Knight Library’s Browsing Room on May 17 2012. The free public lecture was presented as part of the Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries Distinguished Speaker Series.
In his talk “Open Education, Open Access, and Challenges to Higher Ed,” Wiley discussed how traditional degree-granting institutions might respond to technological, social and political trends that have created new market forces, putting them in steep competition with a new wave of “edupreneurs,” for-profit education initiatives such as Udacity and open education prototypes such as MITx.
Wiley, an associate professor of instructional psychology and technology at Brigham Young University, directs the Open Education Group, which conducts research that focuses on how openness can dramatically increase access and enhance the affordability of education while improving student success. He is senior advisor to Flat World Knowledge, the largest publisher of open college textbooks for students worldwide.