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OER practitioners from all the world gather in Slovenia

The University of Nova Gorica and UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER organized a 5-day course on Open Education Design in Lanthieri Mansion in Vipava.

Lecturers and participants came from 17 countries (Slovenia, Brazil, Fiji, France, Greece, India, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Kenya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Germany, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, USA) .

The  course equiped the participants with basic knowledge, practical advice and hands-on experience to prepare them for their own design of OER.

Videos are coming soon!

 

Strong Slovenian presence @ OE Global conference 2018

Slovenia hosted the 2014 edition of the OE Global conference. This years edition was the most internationally diverse one, devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances educational practices around the world. OuS members attendedd with a set of presentations on technology, policy and content solutions, shown by X5GON project, VideoLectures.Net portal and UNESCO Recommendation in OER.

Copyright issues in education across the world @ CC’s annual Global Summit

Our members have presented a session on “Fixing Copyright to Meet the Needs of Educators – Global State of Play” at the Creative Commons Summit in Toronto, Canada. The session essentially described the legislative process in multiple countries concerned copyright and education in 2017. More importantly, how this became an important advocacy issue, with activists networking to raise visibility of the issue, and in order to better support each other. The session reflected on those developments, and build momentum for 2018 and later.

Slovenia leading preparations for UNESCO Recommendation in OER

Policies have a key role in determining, and improving the state of our education. Following the success of the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, our members helped in the preparations for the UNESCO Recommendation in Open Educational Resources (OER).

This is an official UNESCO policy instrument that will both advise national governments on how to support open education in their countries and report on those efforts. The online consultation process is now open and we invitate you to contribute to the draft.

The text is available for download in English and French.

Information meeting on the Ljubljana OER Action Plan 2017 @ Mobile Learning Week

The Slovenian delegation was invited to the Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO, to present to Member States and other stakeholders at the event the latest news about the 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan.

The plan provides recommendations to stakeholders in five strategic areas, namely: building the capacity of users to find, re-use, create and share OER; language and cultural issues; ensuring inclusive and equitable access to quality OER; developing sustainability models; and developing supportive policy environments.

 

Roundtable at European Parliament on copyright and privacy

OuS members have been invited by Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) as speakers to a roundtable at the Future of Technology in Education at the European Parilament. The aim was to assess the question of digital technology in education and policies, and explain whether new technological and legal developments – especially article 4 of the proposed copyright directive  – can be an enabler or a roadblock in this context.

UNIR iTED Congress 2017: eLearning and Open Education in practice

We were invited to join a two days event with 35 experts from 14 countries to share knowledge and experiences at a workshop at the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED) in Madrid where the discussion was on Open Education in practice.

UNESCO to launch “Recommendation in OER” in 2019

Today, during the debates in the Communication and Information Commission at UNESCO´s General Conference, it was decided, that UNESCO together with its Member States will have to prepare a Recommendation for Future International Collaboration in the field of Open Educational Resources (OER) until the next session of the General Conference, which will take place in 2019.

This decision was adopted with an overall support of all UNESCO Member States. The debate proved that there is enormous interest in shifting Open Education and OER to a higher level and it seems that the OER Momentum right after the OER Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is very strong. See here for list of UNESCO Recommendations.

We feel this is a big success!

Successful conclusion of the 2nd World OER Congress

On 18-20 September 2017 Slovenia sucessfully hosted the 2nd UNESCO World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress. The congress was organized by UNESCO and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and other institutions from the OER community. 500 people from 107 countries were attending the congress, including 15 ministers.

Quick list of results:

  1. The Ljubljana OER Action Plan

  2. The Ministerial Statement

  3. The Dynamic Coalition on OER

  4. The Slovenian Case in OER – From Commitment to Action

  5. Global technical infrastructure for OER

  6. Video Collection

OpeningupSlovenia events at 2nd World OER Congress

OpeningupSlovenia is co-organizing satellites at the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 18 – 20 September 2017

This is the result of the Slovenian approach of holistically adopting open education. The three satellites Artificial intelligence in OER, OER Policies, European technologies and Opening up Balkans are the latest activities in a series of efforts to mainstream OER. With these actions Slovenia is fully committed and is taking actions to push forward the global agenda on OER.