Open Up to a Better Learning Ecosystem

Concurrent Session 8

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

With all the outstanding education technologies available these days, it's now possible to turn an online course into a full ecosystem of best-in-breed technologies and content providers. Come to this session to learn what that ecosystem can look like! We'll discuss how to use open educational resources (OERs) to replace expensive textbooks, and tips for finding, reviewing, and implementing the best tools right inside your LMS/VLE. We'll also look at best practices for building and adopting an open-centric strategy in your organization's teaching and learning environment.


As Director of Platform & Partnerships Marketing at Instructure, Katie’s role is to guide innovation and open education initiatives at Instructure. She works across multiple teams to implement new processes and ideological shifts, marketing initiatives, and product changes that will promote openness at Instructure. In the past, Katie has worked with Canvas Network, Instructure’s open, online course platform, where Katie has provided instructional design and project management support for hundreds of partners and institutions. She also provides e-learning expertise for Bridge, the company’s platform for corporate training. Before joining Instructure, Katie spent time as both an elementary school teacher and technical writer. She graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Katie also holds a graduate certificate in instructional design and is currently working on her M.S. in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In her free time, she guides her own innovation in cooking and homebrewing, then cultivates openness through camping, hiking, and exploring the beautiful landscapes of the West.