UNESCO OER Programme 2014 ACDE Conference,Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Promoting the UNESCO OER Programme within the 1st Africa Workshop of the OpenupEd Project Sat 7th June, 2014 within the 2014 ACDE Annual Conference, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


  • 1. ICT in Education, Science and Culture Section Knowledge Societies Division Communication and Information (CI) Sector UNESCO, Paris, France www.unesco.org/webworld/en/oer www.unesco.org/webworld/fr/oer
  • 2. UNESCO defines Open Educational Resources as: Any type of learning materials (especially eLearning resources and tools) Released under an open intellectual property licence or in the public domain, allowing free-of-cost and legal Reuse Revision Remixing Redistribution Increase the quality of and access to education
  • 3. Since 2002 UNESCO and OER are providing Governments and Institutions with a range of services including the development of: Policy Guidelines for higher education. Online Platforms and tools for sharing OERs. Online Communities of Practice for teachers, learners, and experts. OER Research Chairs/publications Large projects Hewlett OER Project Large events World OER Congress Partnerships
  • 4. The WSIS OER Community encourage practitioners, researchers, decision- and policy-makers, teachers, and learners worldwideto freely share their knowledge 3,300+ members Global List of OER Initiatives 7 languages, FOSS (ELGG)
  • 5. UNESCO and Open Educational Resources relationship began in 2002 during a UNESCO Global Forum of experts In 2012 UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning organized the World OER Congress at the UNESCO HQ in Paris from 20 22 June It was preceded by 6 worldwide Regional Forums to gather contributions from all Education stakeholders More than 400 delegates unanimously approved the 2012 Paris OER Declaration
  • 6. 1. Foster awareness and use of OER 2. Facilitate enabling environments for use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) 3. Reinforce the development of strategies and policies on OER 4. Promote the understanding and use of open licensing frameworks 5. Support capacity building for the sustainable development of quality learning materials 6. Foster strategic alliances for OER 7. Encourage the development and adaptation of OER in a variety of languages/cultural contexts 8. Encourage research on OER 9. Facilitate finding, retrieving and sharing of OER 10.Encourage the open licensing of educational materials produced with public funds
  • 7. Globalizing 2 Project Locations: Africa African Council for Distance Education Asia Asian Association of Open Universities 1. 100% local ownership, adaptation 2. Capacity-building of the Secretariat, Professors, Learners 3. Strict monitoring, evaluation, fund-raising, promotion
  • 8. Mr. Abel CAINE a.caine@unesco.org Programme Specialist for Open Solutions Knowledge Societies Division Communication and Information Sector 7, Place de Fontenoy Paris, France Mb : +33 (0)6 47 96 53 12