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.

Slovenian case: From Commitment to Action in open education and OER

During the work towards the Congress, the Slovenian government has translated its practice in implementing OER into a brochure. This short policy document is intended to showcase other governments at the Congress how Slovenia is coping with the idea of opening up education. We have identified 5 major areas across all fields of education. Work on these ‘exemplars’ has just begun and here on the OpeningupSlovenia website you can see the latest updates.

Click here to download the English version of the “Open Education and OER Slovenian case: From Commitment to Action” preview brochure.



Final Meeting of the Steering Committee for the Regional Consultations for the World OER Congress in Ljubljana

The final Steering Committee meeting was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 21 August 2017”. The Steering Committee was attended by the main congress beneficiaries and representatives of UNESCO, Governemnt of Slovenia, Comonwealth of Learning and Hewlett Foundation.

The discussion focused on the progress made in the implementation of the congress activities since its commencement in September 2016. The Work Plan of activities of the last six months was presented and agreed upon by the participants.

Members of the Steering Committee included:

    • Dr. Indrajit Banerjee, represented by Mr. Joe Hironaka, UNESCO
    • Dr. David Atchoarena, UNESCO
    • Dr. TJ Bliss, Hewlett Foundation
    • Mr. Gašper Hrastelj, Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO
    • Dr. Mitja Jermol, UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning
    • Dr. K. Balasubramanian, COL
    • Professor Asha Kanwar – Chais of the Steering Committee

OuS presenting @ Education Policy Network Workshop

OpeningupSlovenia was invited to have a presentation at the second edition of the OER Policy Forum, on 1-2 of June in Warsaw, Poland. The OER Policy Forum is a unique event that brings together public administration representatives, policy experts and activists working in the field of open education policy.

OuS @ Creative Commons 2017 Global Summit

We visited the 2017 CC Global Summit which launched a new chapter for Creative Commons as a movement. The Global Summit provided a collaborative and fun space for anyone in the world to explore the future of the Commons and sharing for users, creators, and activists.

OuS @ Hewlett Foundation’s 2017 Open Educational Resources Grantees Meeting

We were invited to join The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Annual OER Meeting 2017, which took place April 25-28, 2017, in King City, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto. Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), Hewlett’s Annual OER Meeting 2017 was held at the inspiring Kingbridge Centre. This year’s meeting was an opportunity to explore leadership and equity at the intersection of open educational practice.

OuS speaking with the Commissioner’s team

OuS representatives were invited by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics’s team to discuss the role of the EC at the 2nd World OER Congress.