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Tuesday, October 16 • 11:00am - 11:45am
UNESCO Chairs in OER report on activities

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The UNESCO and UNESCO/COL Chairs will report on their activities:

1 Global OER Graduate Network (priority at PhD level) (coordinator OUNL)
2 OER Knowledge Cloud (coordinator AU)

and two enabling Lines of Action:
3 Global OER Map of national and institutional OER initiatives
4 Global balance in the network of UNESCO Chairs in OER, connected in a UNESCO UNITWIN network

These four Lines of Action will contribute through specific activities to the overall Plan of Action for the next few years.

1 Global OER Graduate Network

  • Umbrella for PhD (& Master) research on OER linked to different disciplines;
  • Addressing fundaments, design, applications, practice, context, evaluation & monitoring;
  • Partner universities around the world;
  • PhD candidates (& Master students) - both full-time and part-time;
  • Joint supervision, (home university plus 1-2 partner universities in other countries);
  • Learning network / community of practice of PhD candidates (& Master students) and supervisors;
  • Shared quality standards/research guidelines;
  • Shared online training facilities/courses;
  • Expand OER research base, develop/explore new knowledge and increase evidence for practice;
  • Publications, presentations, reports, theses

2 OER Knowledge Cloud

  • Overall (free) provision of knowledge about OER
  • Specific emphasis on maintenance of the Cloud
  • The Graduate Network will be an important provider
  • Including books, papers, reports
  • Freely available for replication, reproduction in different repositories and/or learning environments.

3 Global OER Map

  • A global map of national and institutional initiatives is intended to provide a bird’s eye view of the OER movement;
  • describing the scale of the movement and the growth of initiatives over time

4 Global balance in the network of UNESCO Chairs in OER

  • With one UNESCO Chair in OER in Europe and one in North America it is essential to establish UNESCO Chairs in OER at least on the other continents;
  • This UNESCO Chair configuration will naturally become a UNESCO UNITWIN network in OER;
  • With each new UNESCO Chair in OER coming in, the Plan of Action shall be updated


Rory McGreal

Professor, Athabasca University
I am the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources and the director of TEKRI at Athabasca University

Tuesday October 16, 2012 11:00am - 11:45am PDT

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