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Open Meetup: Open Educational Resources to Meet Grand Challenges for Development

Imagine a world without hunger, thirst, disease, illiteracy, or climate change. Realizing this better world requires talent to solve the many global challenges around us. Open educational resources (OER) provide a powerful tool to inspire and empower a multitude of diverse students. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) believe it would be worthwhile to fund multidisciplinary OER pilots, focused on global development challenges, to inspire and empower students to embrace grand challenges at home and abroad.


Open Meetups are 60-minute, facilitated, participant-driven sessions centered on a particular theme or purpose. There is a track of Open Meetups running throughout the conference program on Saturday, four in total.

Instead of passive listening while one person delivers prepared remarks in front of a PowerPoint presentation, Open Meetups encourage active participation by all attendees. Discussion leaders will provide moderation and structure. They will set the stage and then allow discussion to flourish.