Online May 16-20, 2022
Call for Proposals Closed.
Late submissions will be processed and accepted based on available room in the program.
Join us to hear from the following scholars and practitioners as they share about our conference theme Critical Change.
Martin Weller is Professor of educational technology at the UK Open University, and Director of the GO-GN project, a global network of OER researchers. He is the chair of the Open University’s ‘Open Degree’, a modular, flexible multidisciplinary programme, which is the largest undergraduate programme in the UK. He chaired the Open University’s first major e-learning course in 1999 with nearly 15,000 students. He is the director of the Open Education Research Hub, and a former president of the Association for Learning Technology. He has authored several books including The Digital Scholar, The Battle for Open and 25 Years of Ed Tech which are available under open licences. His new book, Metaphors of Ed Tech, will be published in 2022 by Athabasca University Press. He is also co-editor of the open access journal, JIME (Journal of Interactive Media in Education). Weller’s interests are in digital scholarship, open education and the impact of new technologies, and he writes a blog about these topics at blog.edtechie.net
Sherri Spelic teaches elementary physical education at American International School Vienna. She has written extensively on topics related to education, identity and power and among other things publishes a monthly social justice newsletter for educators: Bending The Arc. Check out her book of essays, Care At The Core or find her on Twitter @edifiedlistener.
Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences) and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound (an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum, which has also branched into academic community activities Continuity with Care and Socially Just Academia and a collaboration with OneHE: Community-building Resources. She writes and speaks frequently about social justice, critical pedagogy, and open and online education. She blogs regularly at Reflecting Allowed and tweets @bali_maha
Brenna Clarke Gray
Watch this space for more announcements!
Rescheduled to 2023.
Rescheduled to 2023.
#tresdancing Short Film Screening and Q&A
The sudden shift from in-person to online classes due to COVID 19 has led to increasingly invasive surveillance technologies in education, including the use of problematic online proctoring software purportedly aimed at addressing academic integrity.
#tresdancing, the fourth film in the Screening Surveillance series, speculates on the effects of escalating surveillance and control through educational technology. In this near future fiction narrative, a young person has little choice as they are forced to ramp up their engagement with a new, experimental technology in order to make up for a failing grade.
Online Bhangra Dance Class
Gurdeep Pandher of Yukon
Gurdeep’s videos have, collectively, been watched over fifty million times from various platforms. His work has been published/used by The Governor-General of Canada, Canadian High Commissions, The Prime Minister of Canada, Air Canada, Department of Canadian National Defence, Royal Canadian Navy, RCMP, Department of Canadian Heritage, BBC News, CBC, The Globe and Mail, CTV News, USA Today, SBS Australia, Toronto Star, Twitter Moments Canada, diverse media and community organizations.
Gurdeep is active on Twitter @GurdeepPandher, YouTube, and his website.
Special Musical Guest
If you’ve ever mistakenly taken a degree in philosophy in Thatcher’s Britain during the early 1980s, then you’ll most likely recall that your employment prospects upon graduation were very bleak. You probably therefore did what any sensible person would do: you spent the next decade or so singing swing for a living in bars, hotels, and night clubs. At least, that’s what Jon Dron did. Nowadays he spends most of his paid hours being a professor and a researcher in technology & learning but, once in a Blue Moon (a song that he sometimes sings, as it happens), he picks up his guitar and performs once more for a crowd. And that’s precisely what he will be doing at the OTESSA22 conference.
Kendra Coupland is a sādhaka (one who is on the path to self actualization), meditation coach, yoga teacher, and multi-disciplinary artist living and working on unceded Coast Salish territory. In particular, the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ílwətaɬ, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Stó:lō people.
After studying and practicing yoga for 7 years, in 2017 Kendra was officially initiated into the yogic teaching tradition by Swami Vidyanand while studying Transformational Yoga in South India. In 2019 Kendra completed the Yoga Outreach Core Training for Trauma Informed Yoga and in 2020 she continued her studies with Swami Vidyanand and was certified and registered with Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance of India as a Yoga Grandmaster (a yoga teacher’s teacher.)
Experiencing the world as a queer, neurodivergent, Black-mixed woman, and survivor of childhood sexual violence Kendra brings a compassionate, trauma-informed, and intersectional framework to her practice. She is constantly striving to create safer spaces for folks who experience marginalization and systemic violence to practice self-liberation and self-actualization within the context of a larger, and oftentimes oppressive community.
Professor of musicology, expert in the mix and, how does one say it… obtainer of rare recordings?
Dr. Jones (aka DJ106) has been braving the data stream since 2007, spinning for the edtech community out of the virtual studios of #ds106radio. Taking the show on the road for conferences, workshops and educationally minded chair dancers the world over. Expect the unexpected when Dr. Jones is at the controls.
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