UNESCO OER Platform
ICT in Education, Science and Culture Section
Information Society Division
Communication and Information (CI) Sector
www.unesco.org/webworld/en/oer
www.unesco.org/webworld/fr/oer
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
study
Functionalities of the OER Platform
 Find and compare: stakeholders can freely use the UNESCO base
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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
UNESCO
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)
Preview
OER Community on the WSIS Platform
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Open community – www.wsis-community.org
1,400+ members
4 langauges: Eng, Fr, Sp, Pt
Call for language versions
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UNESCO-maintained Global List of OER Initiatives
250+ global list
Is your initiative on the list??
Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL)
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EC-funded 2010 – 2011 Project: www.oer-quality.org
7 partners: UNESCO, ICDE, EFQUEL, Aalto, OU UK,
UCP, UDE
Objective: create an advanced OER Practices
Framework
Building OPAL Register and OPAL Clearing House
2012 World OER Forum
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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
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Start planning that trip to Paris 
Contact
Abel Caine
OER Programme Specialist
ICT in Education, Science and Culture Section
Information Society Division
Communication and Information (CI) Sector
UNESCO
1, rue Miollis
Paris
75015
France
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 42 37
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