From: Mary Lou Forward <mlfo...@ocwconsortium.org>
Date: February 20, 2012
: Open Education Week contributions and publicity
Dear Open Education Week planning group:
We’re in the final 10 days before the start of open education week. Now is the time to let everyone know about open education week! Attached is the press release that will start to be distributed tomorrow, Tuesday 21 Feb. Feel free to modify it with your own quote and distribute it to local or national press contacts. You will find web banners, a poster and slide templates on the www.openeducationweek.org website under the “resources” tab. Please get the word out through your contacts, blogs, social media, newsletters, etc. We want as many people to learn about open education week as possible.
Open Education Week will feature:
· Over 35 webinars open to participation from anyone
· Virtual tours, pre-recorded presentations and documents
· Short introduction videos on aspects of open education, like what are open educational resources? and why is open policy important?
· Discussion area with blog and twitter feeds
· Resource links
· Contributions from over 130 organizations and institutions
· Receptions for policy makers in Europe and the US
We are holding a press call to introduce open education week on 5 March. The call will feature remarks on open education by Martha Kanter, US Under Secretary of Education and will be conducted in English. If you have media contacts that you would like us to invite to this call, please contact me by 27 February.
This week we’ll launch the completely redesigned openeducationweek.org website with a lot of the content available for preview (we will have all content available beginning March 5). If you are thinking of contributing something else, it’s not too late, but we need to have it soon. Please let us know as soon as possible what else you plan to contribute. We still need links to informative resources, particularly those in languages other than English.
We welcome your input and suggestions, and we’re counting on you to help us attract a large audience for open education week.