UNESCO World OER Congress preparations

A third policy forum in preparation for the World OER Congress was held in Brazil in March. Presentations are available online, and a revised draft of the Paris Declaration has been published for comments. Registration for the Open Exhibition at the Congress, to be held 20-22 June 2012, can be carried out online.

 

A regional policy forum for Latin America was attended by more than 80 delegates in Río de Janeiro on 28-29 March. Attendees discussed the importance of open content and shared information regarding local policies, as well as meeting with experts and sharing good practices. This was the third of six regional policy forums on OER in the run-up to the World OER Congress to be held in Paris, France. UNESCO has published a news report on the Latin America forum, and presentations and a final report are available on the Fostering Governmental Support for OER Internationally website

Paris Declaration

The policy forum considered the proposed text of the Paris Declaration, a document put together by an international advisory and liaison group, composed of government representatives from each of UNESCO’s regions and selected representatives of international and non-governmental organizations.

Version 3 of the declaration is available for consideration online.

Policy forums for Europe, Asia and the Pacific and Arab States

A regional policy forum for Europe is planned for 17 April 2012 in Cambridge, UK at Cambridge 2012 a conference arranged by the Open CourseWare Consortium and the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE) at The Open University, UK. This will be followed by events on 23-24 April Bangkok, Thailand and 7-8 May in Muscat, Oman.

World OER Congress website and registration

As the official component of the Congress is limited to UNESCO Member States, the parallel Open Seminar and Exhibition provides an opportunity to civil society organizations, academia, and individual experts to present on their OER initiatives. The official World OER Congress website is now available at www.unesco.org/oercongress and registration may be carried out online.

Organizers

The World OER Congress is organized by UNESCO in full partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and through the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

More UNESCO related news on the ICDE website

 

13 April 2012

As the official component of the World OER Congress is limited to UNESCO Member States, the parallel Open Seminar & Exhibition provides an opportunity to civil society organizations, academia, and individual experts to present on their OER initiatives.
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