Erin McKiernan is a professor in the Department of Physics, Biomedical Physics program at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. She is a researcher in experimental and computational biophysics and neurophysiology, and an advocate for open access, open data, and open science. She is the founder of ‘Why Open Research?’ (, an educational site for researchers to learn about sharing their work. She blogs at and you can follow her on twitter at @emckiernan13.

Session Title: Working at the intersection of open research and open education

Open education and open research are often discussed in separate forums as distinct concepts and activities. However, since faculty members are often both educators and researchers, these areas of open scholarship often overlap and have many principles in common. I will discuss these common principles, as well as projects I am currently working on that combine both open education and open research. I will discuss how this intersection can be especially important when working with undergraduate students in low income environments.






Vincent Zimmer, Co-Founder and Business Development Director of Kiron Open Higher Education
Vincent Zimmer is the Co-Founder and Business Development Director of Kiron Open Higher Education in Germany, an educational platform for refugees. He completed two master’s degree study programs, “International Economics” at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and “Public Policy and Administration” at the London School of Economics. Vincent Zimmer has a lot of experience in the startup area and has been already involved in several foundings. Furthermore, he worked in a consultancy (Rambøll Management Consulting) and with students in crisis during his time at “Study without borders”. His experiences in the refugee area and a research stay in Istanbul, moved him to found Kiron together with Markus Kressler in 2015. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Session Title: The (Digital) Future and Transformation of Universities







After a career in marketing & communication in Scientific Publishing and Public Broadcasting, Annemies Broekgaarden set up the Dick Bruna House Foundation to find a home for the collection of the world-famous Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Her involvement in museums and education turned her into a professional in museum education. Starting as Head of the Tropenmuseum Junior in 1999, Annemies’ skills in communication, management, international project management, and cultural anthropology eventually led her to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In 2008, she accepted the challenge of formulating the Rijksmuseum’s educational policy, programming, and products for the museum after it reopened in 2013. Furthermore, she was tasked with building up the education department and developing an educational centre – the Teekenschool.

Session Title: Innovative learning in a museum context

Education is a museum’s core business: a museum is education. The Rijksmuseum is home to the national collection of art and history of the Netherlands. It presents some of the nation’s finest objects. For example, it houses the largest collection of paintings by the great seventeenth-century master Rembrandt, including his amazing Night Watch. Visitors experience one century after another, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century.

The Rijksmuseum is for everyone. So we try to be relevant to all our visitors: tourists, school children, teachers, families with children and professionals. Everyone comes to the museum with their own expectations. So we aim to give visitors a personal, personalised experience by providing both guided programmes and online options.

In my keynote address I would like to share my ideas about our educational strategy, especially our digital approach using digital tools and programmes such as Rijksstudio (based on resources, published under a Creative Commons license), multimedia tours and Snapguide, which recently won the Golden Lovie Award.






Peter Smith is the founder of three innovative colleges, the Community College of Vermont, California State University Monterey Bay, and the Open College at Kaplan University. He received the OEC Leadership Award for Open Education Excellence in 2015 and currently serves as a member of the OEC Board. His most recent book, Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: Breaking the Barriers Between Life, Learning, Career and College (Select Books, NYC) is due for release in June, 2018. He blogs at ( and can be found on twitter at @peterpsmith.

Session Title: Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: the Role of Open Resources in Defining What the Future Holds.

The traditional barriers to formal and important learning are officially down. But the full impacts of this emerging “new world” of learning, on institutions as well as individuals and the larger society, are only beginning to be felt and understood. Based on the research and interviews that were done in the preparation of the book, this session will explore current developments, suggest implications for universities and colleges, describe new types of services and organizational structures, in an effort to shine a light on the larger implications of the disruptive change that is upon us and the role of OER and OEC in that change.