UNESCO OER Platform

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Presentation on the new, significantly innovative Open Educational Resources (OER) Platform being developed by UNESCO

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  • Now various forms of teaching materials, teaching material of each country are not the same,

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  • An exciting development dating from discussions as far back as 2002. Only comment so far: a little hard to track down the actual model curricula for journalism i.e. MCJE resource materials.
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UNESCO OER Platform

  1. UNESCO OER Platform Abel Caine ICT in Education, Science and Culture Section Information Society Division Communication and Information (CI) Sector
  2. What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)? UNESCO defines Open Educational Resources (OERs) as: Learning especially eLearning resources and tools in open document format and released under an intellectual property licence allowing free use and re-use
  3. What is the UNESCO OER Platform? The UNESCO OER Platform seeks to: radically “enhance” UNESCO’s Clearing House function by offering “certain” UNESCO publications as OER products and allowing “stakeholders” to freely copy, adapt, and share their resources.
  4. Who are the UNESCO Stakeholders? Decision-makers and Policy-makers at Ministry or institutional-level looking for model policies, guides, or best-practices; Teachers looking for courses, syllabi, and teaching materials and Learners also looking for additional courses to study
  5. Functionalities of the OER Platform Find and compare: stakeholders can freely use the UNESCO base product to find and compare content Build and share: stakeholders can freely copy, build and share their unique adaptations Translations: significantly higher than the 6 languages from UNESCO Localization: incorporating the more relevant and superior quality and quantity of the national or regional literature base on the subject area; Customization: the creation of customized versions, e.g. Guide on Internet Access for Disabled Journalists based on the original UNESCO “The Net for Journalists” Offline editing: critically important for countries with poor internet Mobile phone access: taking advantage of 5 billion access points
  6. What is an ideal UNESCO OER Product? A UNESCO original Product that has been successfully adapted with demand Where a Network exists actively discussing and advancing the theme The Product is within a priority Programme Highly editable Source file exists UNESCO Field Office representation
  7. An ideal CI OER Product “UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education” Generic, adaptable, fully-prescriptive Curricula: – Course descriptions – Pedagogical approaches – Mode, weekly class agenda, number of teaching hours – Recommended text – Grading and assessment protocols Available in 6 official languages Adapted by 50+ institutions in 45+ countries with backlog The OER Platform allows a new journalism school to: – easily find courses, – compare how other schools have adapted them, and – freely copy and adapt the most suitable courses
  8. Who will pilot the project? Piloted by: Polytechnic of Namibia School of Communication University of Namibia Department of Media Studies (Coordinated by UNESCO Windhoek) Development will commence very shortly Launch by November, 2010 We would like at least 1 OER Product from each Sector: SC1: Marovo Lagoon Encyclopedia SC2: Microscience Experiments SHS: Bioethics Curriculum WHC: Forum Univeristy Programme ED: LIFE
  9. WALK-THROUGH OER Platform Team Abel Caine Igor Nuk Hara Padhy Maria Liouliou Jaco Du Toit Indrajit Banerjee

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