He captured 11 years of presentation titles and tagged them against ten categories, plotting each tag as a percentage of papers in each year. These were then compared with data found in other sources. The data is available from tiny.cc/openedarchive and experimenting with this is encouraged.
- The number of attendees and sessions has grown steadily each year with more than 500 attendees in 2015.
- Interest in sustainability peaked in 2010 – since then there has been less dependency on large grants
- Conversely in 2010 there was a drop in interest in pedagogy
- Policy is currently an area of particular interest; this can be understood in the context of some real progress under the Obama administration
- Open education is a diverse interdisciplinary field, nuanced and multifaceted
- We can draw parallels to wider culture; but also ways in which open education has influenced wider culture
- We need to be better at building on existing work and better at archiving what has gone before and making it available openly
- I asked about the relation between what was proposed for the conference and what was actually selected for presentation
- Another question on a related note focused on the fact that particular tracks were available for particular conferences and this may have influenced submissions
- David Wiley suspects that early conferences were dominated by reuse while later ones were more focused on adoption