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March 27-31 Open Education Week 2017

Open Education Week

⚡️ Free textbooks! “Open Education Week”

More about 2017
Open Education Global 2017: Principle, Strategy, and Commitment to Growth

While the early days of open education were largely about OER, things have evolved a lot over the last 10 years. Now we’re talking about open educational practices, open pedagogy, open education policy, MOOC’s, entire OER degrees, and open education research. Despite this clear evolution, open education is still not considered mainstream. In the closing session a panel and the audience engaged in putting forward ideas for advancing the movement further – the new Cape Town Open Education Declaration +10 ideas will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. My own personal contribution was to suggest that the various open education movements, including OER, Open Access research publishing, open data, and open science are all currently operating as independent silos and may be more impactful if efforts were put into unifying them into a more synergistic whole.
- Paul Stacey
March 22, 2017

oe global
Is it too early to SAVE THE DATE? #oeglobal18 is exactly one year away! April 24 - 26, 2018.


Cable Green advocates for an open license for all publicly funded educational resources - UNESCO
The impact of open access scientific knowledge - @darrwest
Openly Licensed Educational Resources: Providing Equitable Access to Education for All Learners - White House

Open educational resources are free to use, remix and share.

"Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that give everyone permission to reuse and modify educational resources. Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for anyone, anywhere, anytime. It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources in new ways to build something new. Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, open source educational tools and on and on. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world." -

Open edX

@jonobacon keynote! #openedx2016

Essay (earlier version on the 2014 blog)

For the past few years we have seen our colleagues laboring toward the goal of improving public awareness of biodiversity conservation, responsible travel and many other noble aspirations. There are heaps of academic programs for students. Why are we not enjoying the boom years of authentic ecotourism and sustainable development?

My answer is that our leaders have yet to celebrate openness. Meetings are held behind closed doors (or open doors with hefty admission fees). Journal articles are published behind a paywall. And then they complain of the lack of public support for protected areas or endangered species.

We are failing to meet the goals of the Aichi biodiversity targets because the Aichi biodiversity targets are not in the common lexicon. The UN and UNEP celebrate World Wildlife Day, but do they provide resources with the Creative Commons license?

Government and NGO training programs work with locals around the world to protect biodiversity, but rarely are the sessions conducted in tandem with the social web. We continue to re-invent the wheel time and time again and wonder why we are standing still.

Open access and open education can change all that. Open education can motivate greater interactions among participants who are willing to look above the horizon and experiment with information sharing and the read write culture.

Not all is doom and gloom. Some institutions such as UNESCO are leading the way. We need more though.

Responsible travel and ecotourism ought to be at the center of a worldwide revolution to hack our communication and conversations for good, not evil. But for us to be effective, we need to learn how to make the most of the movement toward open access and open education. Open Education Week takes place this week, March 10-15, and this is the ideal time to conduct a simple inventory:

1. Are there examples of open education resources in conservation, parks and protected areas?
2. Are there examples of open education resources in travel and tourism?

You can contribute to the week by sharing information about specific Open Education projects, hosting a local event, promoting the week to your friends or by joining programs underway. There are plenty of events taking place this week.

For those who want a short-term goal beyond this week, let's brainstorm about this: how do we make a showcase of open education resources focusing on parks and protected areas?


April 14

Sharing is not a Crime: Diego Gomez/Colombia Story

Colombian Student Faces Prison - EFF - @EFF
My Story - Karisma - @karismacol
Student faces prison - Take Part - @TakePart - @OA_Button

2013 Notes

The second annual Open Education Week takes place March 11-15, 2013 (see schedule). Open Education Week is a five-day celebration of the global Open Education movement, featuring online and local events around the world, video showcases of open education projects, and lots of information. The week is designed to raise awareness of both the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

Open Education refers to the growing set of practices that promote the sharing high quality, openly licensed educational resources (OER) and support for learners to access education anywhere, anytime. Open Education incorporates educational networks, open teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, and open-source educational tools. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free an open to everyone.

For more info about Open Education Week, check out and via twitter

Key Links

Creative Commons: As part of Open Education Week, Creative Commons and its affiliates are hosting and participating in local events and webinars on OER, Version 4.0 of the CC licenses, the Open Policy Network School of Open, and more. In addition, the School of Open will officially launch its first set of courses next week, including courses on copyright and Creative Commons for educators. Courses will be free to take and free to reuse and remix under P2PU’s default CC BY-SAlicensing policy. For more info about Creative Commons, check out


Setting the default to open

Connected Courses

A free, open, connected course to help teachers teach open, connected courses
hashtag: #ccourses


Barn Raising



Cape Town Open Education Declaration (2007)

We are on the cusp of a global revolution in teaching and learning. Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use.

Cape Town Open Education Declaration (2007)

@wernerio talking about Cape Town Declaration +10 ... original group who drafted the document @CherylHW @lpetrides @marknewlyn @OERcongress


Elsewhere on the Web - - - @tvol
On the role of openness in education: A historical reconstruction - - @OER_Hub

Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education. It is published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education - ICDE


Open Practices in Higher Education: Trends and Possibilities for Africa - OER Africa




Open Education Week 2016


June 2012 Paris Open Education Congress
Why the future lies in Open Educational Resources
World Open Education Resources (OER) Congress
UNESCO Forum on Open Courseware
Are open educational resources the key to global economic growth? - Guardian
Hashtags: #oercongress, #oer

Open Educational Resources


Preamble The World OER Congress held at UNESCO, Paris on 20-22 June 2012,
Mindful of relevant international statements including:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 26.1), which states that: “Everyone has the right to education”;
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 13.1), which recognizes “the right of everyone to education”;
The 1971 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty;
The Millennium Declaration and the 2000 Dakar Framework for Action, which made global commitments to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults;
The 2003 World Summit on the Information Society, Declaration of Principles, committing “to build a people- centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge”;
The 2003 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace;
The 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression, which states that: “Equitable access to a rich and diversified range of cultural expressions from all over the world and access of cultures to the means of expressions and dissemination constitute important elements for enhancing cultural diversity and encouraging mutual understanding”;
The 2006 Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (Article 24), which recognises the rights of persons with disabilities to education;
The declarations of the six International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA) Conferences emphasising the fundamental role of Adult Learning and Education.
Emphasizing that the term Open Educational Resources (OER) was coined at UNESCO’s 2002 Forum on Open Courseware and designates “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Open licensing is built within the existing framework of intellectual property rights as defined by relevant international conventions and respects the authorship of the work”;
Recalling existing Declarations and Guidelines on Open Educational Resources such as the 2007 Cape Town Open Education Declaration, the 2009 Dakar Declaration on Open Educational Resources and the 2011 Commonwealth of Learning and UNESCO Guidelines on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education;
Noting that Open Educational Resources (OER) promote the aims of the international statements quoted above;

Recommends that States, within their capacities and authority:
a.Foster awareness and use of OER. Promote and use OER to widen access to education at all levels, both formal and non-formal, in a perspective of lifelong learning, thus contributing to social inclusion, gender equity and special needs education. Improve both cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning outcomes through greater use of OER.
b.Facilitate enabling environments for use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). Bridge the digital divide by developing adequate infrastructure, in particular, affordable broadband connectivity, widespread mobile technology and reliable electrical power supply. Improve media and information literacy and encourage the development and use of OER in open standard digital formats.
c.Reinforce the development of strategies and policies on OER. Promote the development of specific policies for the production and use of OER within wider strategies for advancing education.
d.Promote the understanding and use of open licensing frameworks. Facilitate the re-use, revision, remixing and redistribution of educational materials across the world through open licensing, which refers to a range of frameworks that allow different kinds of uses, while respecting the rights of any copyright holder.
e.Support capacity building for the sustainable development of quality learning materials. Support institutions, train and motivate teachers and other personnel to produce and share high-quality, accessible educational resources, taking into account local needs and the full diversity of learners. Promote quality assurance and peer review of OER. Encourage the development of mechanisms for the assessment and certification of learning outcomes achieved through OER.
f.Foster strategic alliances for OER. Take advantage of evolving technology to create opportunities for sharing materials which have been released under an open license in diverse media and ensure sustainability through new strategic partnerships within and among the education, industry, library, media and telecommunications sectors.
g.Encourage the development and adaptation of OER in a variety of languages and cultural contexts. Favour the production and use of OER in local languages and diverse cultural contexts to ensure their relevance and accessibility. Intergovernmental organisations should encourage the sharing of OER across languages and cultures, respecting indigenous knowledge and rights.
h.Encourage research on OER. Foster research on the development, use, evaluation and re-contextualisation of OER as well as on the opportunities and challenges they present, and their impact on the quality and cost-efficiency of teaching and learning in order to strengthen the evidence base for public investment in OER.
i.Facilitate finding, retrieving and sharing of OER. Encourage the development of user-friendly tools to locate and retrieve OER that are specific and relevant to particular needs. Adopt appropriate open standards to ensure interoperability and to facilitate the use of OER in diverse media.
j.Encourage the open licensing of educational materials produced with public funds. Governments/competent authorities can create substantial benefits for their citizens by ensuring that educational materials developed with public funds be made available under open licenses (with any restrictions they deem necessary) in order to maximize the impact of the investment.

Recommended Listening

Cable Green: open education and sharing - Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons International, and advocate of affordable universal access to quality education. - @cgreen @radionz @SaturdayRNZ
0:30 definition of OER - free and can adapt
1:30 example of textbook author
2:00 Because of the Internet, educational resources went digital. Digital things can be stored and shared with near zero cost. The legal reason we can share is Creative Commons licenses.
3:00 When people want to share, we want to make it simple and easy for them.
3:20 US example. US Department of Labor wanted to get people to work during a time of economic crisis, so they gave $2 billion to community colleges to build new curriculum. The requirement was that work was to be licensed using a Creative Commons attribution license. The public has full free access to all $2 billion of content.
6:00 The demand for higher education continues to go up
7:30 In a world of abundance where you can make copies, content ceases to have as much value as it once did.
8:15 What you pay for is when you need to be assessed
8:50 Universities will continue to exist. There are experiences you can get at the university you just cannot get online
9:30 Think about how you consume media. It's become disaggregated. Maybe I cobble together a new degree
10:30 The teachers will be the arbiters of quality.
13:00 Business models are changing. Just the same way that we no longer have a big ice cutting industry. We have refrigerators. Times change when the technology changes.
15:00 Creative Commons New Zealand teaching examples .... They are proud of the resources they are building. If they want to share, make it easy for them to do so and encourage them.
16:00 Educators matter more than ever. In an age of information abundance teachers are becoming curators
20:20 Assignments are to update chapter 2 of the textbook ... I've just set the bar very high
22:00 When you move to a new media, you have to ask: What can I do with digital I couldn't do with analog. What can I do with open that I couldn't do when it wasn't closed.
23:00 The cost of textbooks fall to zero ... The faculty have 2/3 of their students without the resources they need
23:40 Changing business models
24:oo Personalized learing pathway

Embedded Tweets



2nd World OER Congress

As the Congress will be able to host only around 500 delegates, representatives of Government, NGOs, educators, experts, academia and industry, we feel that there is a need to create equal opportunities for those who cannot join us in Ljubljana and empower the OER community and every Member State citizen around the world to be part of the Congress.
For this purpose, 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.
Notify your colleagues, friends and teams back home they can follow your work. The platform will be available until the end of 2017 and all registered participants will be able to share experiences, documents, discussions after the congress.
Registration at:
– Website: or
– iOS:
– Android:


Thank you for your interest in contributing to Open Education Week. Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free and open to everyone.
Please use this form to provide information on your contribution or event. Submitting your event through this form will allow us to show the strength of commitment to openness around the world. Your event will be featured in the Open Education Week schedule, on the world map of events, and will be sent through Open Education Week social media channels. You’ll also receive the official Open Education Week badge to display on your webpage or event promotional materials.
We welcome multiple submissions on any aspect of open education in any language. All contributions must have an open license that allows for reuse and modification, such as CC-BY. Contributions will be reviewed by the Open Education Week organizing committee before being posted to the website. Submissions that are not appropriate for Open Education Week will not be posted.
To ensure your contribution is featured during Open Education Week, please complete this form no later than 28 February 2017. Please fill out one form per submission.

March 8-10Open Education Global Conference (Cape Town, South Africa)

Hashtag: #OEGlobal

What is OER? From Creative Commons:

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

“OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)

“digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research. OER includes learning content, software tools to develop, use, and distribute content, and implementation resources such as open licences.”


“teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration

“[O]pen educational resources should be freely shared through open licences which facilitate use, revision, translation, improvement and sharing by anyone. Resources should be published in formats that facilitate both use and editing, and that accommodate a diversity of technical platforms. Whenever possible, they should also be available in formats that are accessible to people with disabilities and people who do not yet have access to the Internet.”

The Wikieducator OER Handbook

“The term “Open Educational Resource(s)” (OER) refers to educational resources (lesson plans, quizzes, syllabi, instructional modules, simulations, etc.) that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing.”

OER Commons

“Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.”