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OuS presentation @ EC Workshop on Policies for Opening up Education

OuS representatives were invited to the workshop on the 16-17th Feb in Seville at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Directorate B. Growth and Innovation, Human Capital and Employment Unit. We prepared a 15 min intervention on national policies for Slovenia on open education and what policies are needed to promote open education globally. This workshop research results will specifically lead to support a systemic policy making process for openness in Europe.

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Speaking @ “4th Industrial revolution – Croatia lost in translation”

OpeningupSlovenia was invited to speak at the round table titled “4th Industrial revolution – Croatia lost in translation” at the Science Picnic in Zagreb, Croatia, Sept. 24, 2016. The event was organized for the purpose of popularization scientific knowledge with more than ten thousand people visiting the exhibition spaces. The moderator was Saša Ceci, Institut Ruđer Bošković with panelists: Tome Antičić – director Institut Ruđer Bošković, Andrijana Prskalo Maček – director CARNnet, Davor Orlić – Inštitut Jožef Štefan (Slovenija), Roberto Vdović – director Fablab Hrvatska, Boris Jokić – IDIZ.

1st Meeting of the Task Team and the Steering Committee for the Regional Consultations for 2nd World OER Congress

The representatives of the Slovenian UNESCO Chair in OER and Ministry of Education had the first meeting of the Task Team for the Regional Consultations and 2nd World OER Congress 2017 at Commonwealth of Learning in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The purpose of the meeting was to guide the Steering Committee in planning and implementing the Regional Consultations leading to the 2nd World OER Congress.

Invited @ Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide to Policy Makers in Developing Countries

OpeningupSlovenia was invited to the launch of a new UNESCO-COL publication, entitled “Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide to Policy Makers in Developing Countries”. The event was co-chaired by COL’s President and CEO, Professor Asha Kanwar and UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Dr Qian Tang at The Organization’s Headquarters in Paris. The audience consisted of representatives of Permanent Delegations of Member States to UNESCO, high-level experts (China, France, India, Malaysia, The Netherlands) and UNESCO staff.

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UNESCO and COL are deeply committed to making access to quality higher education affordable for all people, particularly for those from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds. Both Organizations consider that, in today’s technology-driven world, open and online education, including MOOCs, play a critical role. This Guide is designed to raise general awareness amongst policymakers in developing countries as to how MOOCs might address their concerns and priorities, particularly in terms of access to quality higher education and preparation of secondary school leavers for academic as well as vocational education and training. With very few exceptions, many of the reports on MOOCs already published do not refer to the interest and experience of developing countries, although we are witnessing important initiatives in more and more countries around the world.

This Guide can be found here and was commissioned by UNESCO to the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).

Presentation @ ET2020 Working Group on Modernisation of Higher Education

OpeningupSlovenia was invited to present its policy changes at the at the 2nd meeting of the Working Group on Modernisation of Higher Education. The meeting was held on Thursday 19 May (09.30h to 17.00h) and Friday 20 May 2016 (09.30h to 13.30h), in the European Commission premises. 

This Working Group operates under the Open Method of Co-ordination in Education and Training Strategic Framework (ET2020).

The session was lead by Andreia Inamorato Dos Santos and Yves Punie from the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), presenting the OpenEdu framework for openness in higher education institutions and discussing next steps for policy making on open education in EU Member States’. Slovenia and France were invited as Country examples.

The event featured Jeff Haywood presentation of the study “Changing Pedagogical Landscapes”, supporting Higher Education Institutions in their  process to open up education. 

OpeningupSlovenia presented policy ideas formulated by answering some key questions:

  • What are the existing  policies on open education at national level and why?
  • How much was the investment and who invested? How much money is (still) needed?
  • What are the main barriers to policies at national level? What are the 3 main achievements to date?
  • What new policies on open education are still needed in your country? Why?

 

OuS part of the Business and Governmental Development Delegation to the USA

OpeningupSlovenia was one of the main pillars during Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Miro Cerar visit to the USA. Together with a Slovenian business delegation the visit was aimed at connecting with crucial ICT companies in the US. The idea is to seek long-term cooperation to connect the business sector, government bodies, academia, researchers and start-ups.

Presentation at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, Washington D.C

The Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Bozo Cerar requested our company at the reception celebrating 50 years of the U.S – Slovenia Fulbright Exchange Program, which was preceded by a showcase of Slovenian – American science and education cooperation on October 1, 2015. 

OuS session at White House workshop on open education

OpeningupSlovenia was invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State, to participate in a half-day workshop on open education on September 28, 2015 in New York at the Governance Lab at New York University. We co-lead with Nicole Allen the session on government/civil society collaboration. The room was full of questions, ideas, and enthusiasm. We left with new ideas to address the challenges we may face. Most importantly, we left knowing we are part of a larger community dedicated to expanding access to quality education.

 

 

 

 

2nd Internet of Education Conference kick-starts “Openingup” in the Balkans

OpeningupSlovenia members together with the UNESCO Chair in OER, Knowledge 4 All Foundation, Microsoft Bosnia and the Ministry Of Education, Science And Youth Canton Sarajevo organized a “best practice transfer” event in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina last Friday at 9.30. The 2nd Internet of Education Conference (IOE 2015) in Sarajevo provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of the following in open education: 1) technical developments in support of open learning environments (as indicated in the EC communication Opening up Education),  2) the value of multi-lingual tools in increasing access to open education and MOOCs, in particular the tools developed within the TraMOOC, EMMA, TransLectures and Active2Trans projects and OER gathering projects like ExplorEdu, and ICT in schools via MyMachine,  3) the smart partnership across different stakeholders in education from primary and HEI to civil society, governments and companies as reflected in the OpeningupSlovenia initiative. This was a great opportunity to discuss and design best practice transfer from Slovenia and Europe, stimulate a strategy for new regional “Openingup” initiatives and present what is already being developed in the SEE region.

OuS invited to EDUsummit 2015

OpeningupSlovenia members were invitedto the EDUsummit 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2015. The tentative dates are Sept 14-15. We were fortunate to have UNESCO Office in Bangkok and Curtin University as our hosts. In preparation for EDUsummIT 2015, the planning team set up a research team for each of the eight thematic working groups, with a special focus on two themes that have been identified by the Ministers of Education in the Asia-Pacific region who have been working with UNESCO Office in Bangkok. The theme of prime importance to the Ministers in which OpeningupSlovenia was involved as a case study was in the EDUsummIT thematic working group on “Smart Partnership”.