Photo: Michael Matti, Ljubljana
This week in Slovenia
UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), and with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, are organizing the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress in Ljubljana, September 18-20, 2017. Hashtag:
The 2nd World Open Educational Resources Congress will bring together Ministers of Education, decision-makers responsible for human resources development, senior policy makers, expert practitioners, researchers and other relevant stakeholders.
The Government of Slovenia will engage with its multimedia stakeholders VideoLectures.Net, MiTeam and Ministry of Education with other press partners to produce a virtual experience of the event via the Virtual OER Congress.
All involved, remote and room participants, speakers and exhibitors will be able to access to online materials, share content, information on satellite events, sessions, documents and their key areas of interest in their profiles.
Registration and Apps:
– Examine solutions to meeting the challenges of mainstreaming OER practices into education systems worldwide;
– Showcase the world’s best practices in OER policies and initiatives as well as OER experts;
– Provide recommendations for the mainstreaming of OER, with links to best practices.
Mainstreaming OER: One of the key benefits of open content is that it is ‘free’ for end users (i.e. it does not cost anything to download, leaving aside costs of bandwidth). However, OER incur costs related to developing, adapting and/or remixing material. Whilst donors’ funding has been an essential component of initiating OER practices, in order for them to become sustainable and effectively used governments and educational institutions need to systematically invest in programme, course, and materials development and acquisition. Costs include time spent in developing curricula and materials, adapting existing OER, dealing with copyright licensing (where materials are not openly licensed), etc. They also include associated expenses such as ICT infrastructure (for authoring and content-sharing purposes), bandwidth, costs of running workshops and meetings for content development teams.
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