ICT in Education, Science and Culture Section
Information Society Division
Communication and Information (CI) Sector
What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?
UNESCO defines Open Educational Resources
(OERs) as:
 Learning especially eLearning resources and tools
 in open document format
 and released under an intellectual property licence, or in the
public domain allowing free use and re-use
2002 UNESCO OpenCourseware Forum
What is the UNESCO OER Platform?
The UNESCO OER Platform seeks to:
 radically “enhance” UNESCO’s Clearing House
function by
 offering “certain” UNESCO publications as OER
products and
 allowing “stakeholders” to freely copy, adapt,
and share their resources.
Who are the UNESCO Stakeholders?
 Decision-makers and Policy-makers at Ministry
or institutional-level looking for model policies,
guides, or best-practices;
 Teachers looking for courses, syllabi, and
teaching materials and
 Learners also looking for additional courses to
Functionalities of the OER Platform
 Find and compare: stakeholders can freely use the UNESCO base
product to find and compare content
Build and share: stakeholders can freely copy, build and share
their unique adaptations
Translations: significantly higher than the 6 languages from
Localization: incorporating the more relevant and superior quality
and quantity of the national or regional literature base on the
subject area;
Innovation: the creation of new, customized versions, e.g. Guide
on Internet Access for Disabled Journalists based on the original
UNESCO “The Net for Journalists”
Offline editing: critically important for countries with poor internet
Mobile phone access: taking advantage of 5 billion access points
An ideal CI OER Product
 “UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education”
 Generic, adaptable, fully-prescriptive Curricula:
– Course descriptions
– Pedagogical approaches
– Mode, weekly class agenda, number of teaching hours
– Recommended text
– Grading and assessment protocols
 Available in 6 official languages
 Adapted by 50+ institutions in 45 countries with backlog
 The OER Platform allows a new journalism school to:
– easily find courses,
– compare how other schools have adapted them, and
– freely copy and adapt the most suitable courses
Who will pilot the project?
Piloted by:
 Polytechnic of Namibia School of Communication
 University of Namibia Department of Media Studies
(Coordinated by UNESCO Windhoek)
Development will commence very shortly
Launch by November, 2011
We would like at least 1 OER Product from each Sector:
 SC: Marovo Lagoon Encyclopedia
 IOC: Ocean Teacher Academy
 SHS: Bioethics Curriculum
 CLT: Cultural Diversity Programming Lens
 ED: Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE)
OER Community on the WSIS Platform
Open community – www.wsis-community.org
1,400+ members
4 langauges: Eng, Fr, Sp, Pt
Call for language versions
UNESCO-maintained Global List of OER Initiatives
250+ global list
Is your initiative on the list??
Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL)
EC-funded 2010 – 2011 Project: www.oer-quality.org
7 partners: UNESCO, ICDE, EFQUEL, Aalto, OU UK,
Objective: create an advanced OER Practices
Building OPAL Register and OPAL Clearing House
2012 World OER Forum
10th Anniversary of the 2002 Forum
June, 2012
Showcase world’s best OER policies, practices, tools,
resources, and experts
Present the 2012 Paris OER Declaration
Start planning that trip to Paris 
Abel Caine
OER Programme Specialist
ICT in Education, Science and Culture Section
Information Society Division
Communication and Information (CI) Sector
1, rue Miollis
E-mail: a.caine@unesco.org
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 42 37

Slide 1