The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is conducting six Regional Consultations around the world in the lead up to the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 18 to 20 September 2017. The consultations are being held in partnership with UNESCO, Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), and with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The Regional Consultations will be held between December 2016 and May 2017 and follow a central theme of “OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action”, reflecting a strong focus on the role of OER in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4). They will aim to explore strategies and solutions to the challenge of mainstreaming OER.
Each Regional Consultation will be organised in partnership with a ministry or other agency in the respective host countries and will include expert-facilitated workshops, pre-meeting activities and discussions. Ministers of Education, senior policy makers, expert practitioners, researchers and other institutional stakeholders will be invited to participate in the events.
The first World OER Congress was held in 2012 and organised by COL and UNESCO, with the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It attracted over 400 participants from 70 countries and resulted in the adoption of the Paris OER Declaration, which encourages governments to openly license educational materials that are publicly funded.
Visit the Regional Consultations website for more information.