Officials from six eastern Caribbean Commonwealth countries left a forum organised by COL in Antigua & Barbuda with strategies to develop open educational resources and policies in the region.

Ministries of Education officials and teachers from the six eastern Caribbean Commonwealth countries left a series of workshops organised by COL in Antigua & Barbuda from 26-28 October 2015 with strategies to develop open educational resources (OER) and policies in the region.

The workshop was supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to promote OER policy development and strengthen open textbook initiatives in the eastern Caribbean countries.

With the adoption of information and communications technologies (ICT) in education policy for open licensing in Antigua & Barbuda, there is a growing interest by the other five countries in the region (Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) to follow a similar route.

Workshop participants analysed issues for developing appropriate information and communications technologies (ICT) in education policy, worked on the “Understanding OER” course, and initiated development of OER projects in their countries. COL will support development and implementation of OER in the six countries to inform policy development and improve quality of learning.