Nicole Allen
Director of Open Education

Higher Ed

  • Costs
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Online learning

Nicole Allen is the director of open education for SPARC. In this role she leads SPARC’s work on the issue area of open education, with a dual focus on public policy and engaging the library community to advance this issue on campus. Allen is an internationally recognized expert and leading voice in the movement for open education. Starting during her own days as a student, she has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of college textbook costs and access to education into the public spotlight and to advance openness as a solution in both policy and practice. Drawing on her unique perspective as both a millennial and a professional with more than a decade of experience in this field, she has been widely cited in the media and has given hundreds of talks and trainings in more than a dozen countries on open education, open policy, and grassroots advocacy.