Slovenia will host and organize the 2nd World OER Congress

Open Educational Resources (OER) have a central role to play in Education 2030 in the framework of Sustainable Development Goal 4 which calls for the international community to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all with its key pillars of access, equity and inclusion.”

Together with UNESCO, Slovenia is inviting other countries to collaborate, explore and exchange good practices in the digital transformation of education. From 18 – 20 September 2017, Slovenia will host and organize the 2nd World OER Congress in Ljubljana. Congress website (under construction): In preparation for the congress, the Commonwealth of Learning, in partnership with UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia will conduct follow-up surveys of world governments and key stakeholders, and will hold regional consultations.

Open Education Developments in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a new UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER). The Dutch Ministry of Education continues to focus on and support open and online education. The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) will celebrate 10-year anniversary of OpenCourseWare at their institution in 2017 and will be launching new projects. Robert Schuwer appointed UNESCO […]

OpenStax Comes to Poland

Open textbooks developed by Rice University have been a great success throughout the United States. OpenStax textbooks are currently used in more than 1000 university courses in the country. Although textbook prices are not as much an educational obstacle in Poland as they are in the U.S., easy access to these textbooks can be challenging […]

The OER World Map; New Features

The OER World Map project was initiated in 2015 in order to provide the “most complete and comprehensible picture of the global Open Educational Resources movement”. With the launch of version 1.1 of the platform, the OER World Map is now a “Social Education Management Information System which […] combines elements of a social networking […]

New Report Available: Opening up Education

The OpenEdu team of the European Commission published a new report Opening up Education: A Support framework for Higher Education Institutions. The Framework proposes a definition of open education and aims to provide support for higher education institutions (HEIs) to open up education. The report can be accessed here: Check out some of the […]