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Welcome to our virtual event portal! This year’s summit theme is "Building Bridges to Open Up Education" which opens up opportunities for us to forge connections, collaborations, and partnerships that promote openness. Together, let’s celebrate our success, share our challenges, reinvent the future where all have access and opportunity to create knowledge for the public good.

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Nicole Allen

SPARC
Director of Open Education
USA
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy expert, community organizer, and advocate for open education, educational technology, and higher education reform. Motivated by the belief that everyone, everywhere should be able to participate in shaping human knowledge, Nicole’s work includes advancing effective open policies, supporting open education programming for SPARC’s network, and empowering emerging leaders in the open education movement. Her current areas of focus include antitrust issues with the academic publishing industry, the risks of increased data analytics use in higher education, and strengths-based leadership development.
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