UNESCO OER Way Forward @ PCF5


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"Open Educational Resources: the Way Forward." Presentation given by Susan D'Antoni (UNESCO) at PCF5, London, 14-17 July 2008.

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UNESCO OER Way Forward @ PCF5

  1. 1. PCF5 Access to Learning for development 14 -17 July 2008 London Open Educational Resources: The Way Forward Susan D’Antoni UNESCO
  2. 2. UNESCO <ul><li>UNESCO has five strategic objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A laboratory of ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A clearinghouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A standard setter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A capacity builder in Member States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A catalyst for international cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UN agency for education </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to supporting Education for All and the development of Knowledge Societies </li></ul>
  3. 3. UNESCO and OER: awareness raising & capacity building <ul><li>Potential of OER to contribute to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education for All </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building knowledge societies – especially “knowledge-sharing societies” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><li>No awareness of availability = resources not utilized and potential of OER not realized </li></ul>
  4. 4. UNESCO OER initiative <ul><li>Supported by the Hewlett Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Addresses issue of barriers in change strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initiated at IIEP, continuing in Education Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising and capacity building in Member States through </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting an international OER community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International dialogue and information exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linking people who might not otherwise meet </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. UNESCO OER Community <ul><li>Community convened in 2005 by IIEP </li></ul><ul><li>500+ individuals from 90 countries – now 750 from 105 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Series of virtual seminars with background documents and reports </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration – building resources for local action </li></ul><ul><li>Web site and wiki </li></ul>
  6. 6. Characteristics of the community (2007) <ul><li>600+ members </li></ul><ul><li>98 countries </li></ul><ul><li>67 developing countries </li></ul>
  7. 7. Community members… organizations represented <ul><li>Over 50% from higher education institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Over 20% from international organizations and NGOs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Community members… positions held <ul><li>Almost 40% hold high-level positions </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 20% are teaching professionals </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In 2007, </li></ul><ul><li>after two years of intense discussion… </li></ul><ul><li>… the community reflected on </li></ul><ul><li>the priorities for advancing </li></ul><ul><li>the OER movement… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Fourteen issues…select five priorities <ul><li>Advancing the movement </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Communities and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling creation and use </li></ul><ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Technology tools </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity development </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling learning with OER </li></ul><ul><li>Learning support services </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Removing barriers to OER </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright and licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Financing </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul>
  11. 11. The priorities proposed…
  12. 12. The priorities ranked… <ul><li>1 Awareness raising 8 Financing </li></ul><ul><li>2 Communities 9 Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>3 Capacity development 10 Research </li></ul><ul><li>4 Sustainability 11 Standards </li></ul><ul><li>5 Quality assurance 12 Technology tools </li></ul><ul><li>6 Copyright 13 Policies </li></ul><ul><li>7 Learning support services 14 Learning assessment </li></ul>
  13. 13. The stakeholders singled out… <ul><li>Higher education institutions </li></ul><ul><li>International organizations </li></ul><ul><li>National government </li></ul><ul><li>Academics </li></ul><ul><li>A key stakeholder role… </li></ul><ul><li>… OER champion! </li></ul>
  14. 14. The vision of the Community for The Way Forward for OER <ul><li>Advancing the movement </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Community building and network development </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling creation and re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Developing capacity through a DIY/DIT resource </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance – develop guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Removing barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability models to ensure viability of initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright and licensing </li></ul>
  15. 15. The way forward for UNESCO… <ul><li>Focus on awareness raising through international reach of UNESCO and the community itself </li></ul><ul><li>Continue supporting OER Community as international forum for discussion and sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Enable an OER Network of nodes for local awareness raising and development </li></ul>
  16. 16. The way forward for the community… <ul><li>Creation of resources to support awareness raising and community building: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OER stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Translation – the Way Forward report into 13 languages </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition – the MANeLA 2008 Leadership award </li></ul><ul><li>= more energy and commitment! </li></ul>
  17. 17. The way forward for PCF5… <ul><li>OER sessions throughout the various themes </li></ul><ul><li>Hands on session on WikiEducator Learning4Content workshop </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul><ul><li>To join the community </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>To consult the resources </li></ul><ul><li>OER Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://oerwiki.iiep-unesco.org </li></ul>