Digital transformation for education is a reality and for supporting inclusive knowledge societies, we need to work together on mainstreaming open educational content and platforms. With the support of the IGF community, the OER Dynamic Coalition will facilitate advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building in all action areas of the OER Recommendation. The implementation of this normative instrument will enable to harness the potential of open content in digital learning to promote universal access to information. The adoption of the Recommendation is a decisive step towards building more open and inclusive knowledge societies and towards achieving the UN 2030 Agenda. Indeed, the implementation of the Recommendation will contribute to the achievement of at least six Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequality), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Effective Institutions), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Achieving the Goals).
The Open Educational Resources (OER) Dynamic Coalition was established in March 2020 by UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector with the objective of supporting the implementation of the first four areas of action defined in the 2019 UNESCO Recommendation on OER.
• Capacity building: developing the capacity of all key education stakeholders to create, access, re-use, re-purpose, adapt, and redistribute OER, as well as to use and apply open licenses in a manner consistent with national copyright legislation and international obligations;
• Developing supportive policy: encouraging governments, and education authorities and institutions to adopt regulatory frameworks to support open licensing of publicly funded educational and research materials, develop strategies to enable the use and adaptation of OER in support of high quality, inclusive education and lifelong learning for all, supported by relevant research in the area;
• Effective, inclusive and equitable access to quality OER: supporting the adoption of strategies and programmes including through relevant technology solutions that ensure OER in any medium are shared in open formats and standards to maximize equitable access, co-creation, curation, and searchability, including for those from vulnerable groups and persons with disabilities;
• Nurturing the creation of sustainability models for OER: supporting and encouraging the creation of sustainability models for OER at national, regional and institutional levels, and the planning and pilot testing of new sustainable forms of education and learning.
The OER Dynamic Coalition aims to foster and facilitate international cooperation between stakeholders and share best practices with a view to creating synergies and networks in the implementation of the 2019 Recommendation on OER.
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- Papa Youga Dieng, IFEF OIF
- Mohamed Jemni, ALECSO
- Maimouna Sissoko Toure, IFEF OIF
- Emil Tanawa, OIF
- Stephane Vincent-Lancrin, OECD
- Neil Butcher, OER Africa, South Africa
- Cable Green, Head of Open Knowledge, Creative Commons, USA
- Anthony Bloome, Mobiles for Education Alliance, USA
- Sanjaya Mishra, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
- Torunn Gjelsvik, ICDE, Norway
- Marcela Morales, OE Global, Mexico
- Nichole Saad, Wikimedia Foundation
- Lisa Petrides, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), USA
- Melinda Bandalaria, University of the Philippines Open University, Philippines
- Tel Amiel, University of Brasilia, Brazil
- Ahmed Tlilli, Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University, China
- Javiera Atenas, University of Suffolk, United Kingdom
- Colin de la Higuera, University of Nantes, France
- Lilia Cheniti, University of Sousse, Tunisia
- Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation, New Zealand
- Maria Soledad Ramírez-Montoya, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Zeynep Varoglu, Programme Specialist UNESCO Communication and Information Sector
Email: Z.varoglu [at] unesco.org