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Tuesday, April 24


OER going mainstream?
The International Council for Open and Distance Education, (ICDE, www.icde.org) and Open Education Consortium, (OEC, www.oeconsortium.org) both have a proud history in building up and promoting Open Education in all parts of the world.

Based on joint observations and analyses, ICDE and OEC will facilitate a sharp, engaging panel discussion on moving OER from the margin to mainstream – aiming for the tipping point. Panellists will include members of the ICDE Executive Committee and the OEC Board of Directors. We will interrogate the challenges and solutions to the large scale adoption and use of OER around the world.

The adoption and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) have been shown to increase student retention, support student learning, and reduce costs for students and educational institutions. An OECD report (2015) claims that OER is a catalyst for innovation. While the uptake of OER is increasing around the world, still a minority of faculties, educational institutions, stakeholders and governments aim for full incorporation of OER into mainstream education.

Significant initiatives have been started by ICDE and OEC members around the world but the situation in many countries is worrying.

The 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, 18-20 September, Ljubljana, Slovenia, organized by UNESCO called for action: “From Commitment to Action”. To that end, it adopted the “Ljubljana Action Plan”.

Six months after this important event, the question for all involved in the movement for open is: How can we take the best from OER, including its innovative potential and move OER mainstream?!

This question will be asked to pannelists and audience in an interactive way and each one will be invited to brainstorm and suggest a few critical measures to move OER mainstream.

This proposal responds to the track Policies & strategies for Open Education.

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James Glapa-Grossklag

Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning, College of the Canyons
James Glapa-Grossklag is the Dean of Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons (California, USA). He directs the statewide CCC DECT grant and also co-coordinates Technical Assistance for the CCC Zero Textbook Cost grant program. James... Read More →

Peter Smith

University of Maryland University College

Sophie Touzé

VetAgro Sup / Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation

Tuesday April 24, 2018 14:25 - 15:15
Commissie 2


How can the OER community put the UNESCO OER Action Plan into practice?
This Panel addresses the theme "Open Educational Practices/Open Pedagogy" to improve Open Education for better learning quality. It is organized by the UNESCO and ICDE Chairs in OER (www.oerchairs.net) and the United Nations' institution UNECO (www.unesco.org) in cooperation with all interested organizations such as Open Education Consortium (OEC), Creative Commons (CC), UNESCO IITE and ICORE.
Leading question is: "How can the OER community put the UNESCO OER Action Plan into practice?" The expert panel will discuss how innovative open pedagogies and open educational practices using OER can support and increase the implementations and practices of the Ljubljana 2017 OER Action Plan adopted by the UNESCO World OER Congress 2017.
Main goals are the sharing and exchange of experiences and their discussion among the experts on the panel as well as the whole panel audience: Therefore all panel participants are invited and encouraged to join and contribute to the debate.
The panel of 60 minutes combines short initial introductory statements by the invited panel experts with open questions from the moderator and the audience.
This panel is a first follow-up activity of the common panel "The Role of the OER community" by the UNESCO and ICDE Chairs at the World OER Congress 2017 in Ljubljana.
Invited experts and organizations are: Christian M. Stracke, ICDE Chair in OER, Open University of the Netherlands; Jane-Frances Agbu, ICDE Chair in OER, National Open University of Nigeria; Tel Amiel, UNESCO Chair in Open Education, University of Campinas, Brazil; Daniel Burgos, UNESCO Chair in eLearning, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain, and and Zeynep Varoglu, UNESCO Programme Specialist responsible for OER Action Plan, UNESCO.
Intended audience are all experts, practitioners and novices sharing interest in the improvement of Open Education by innovative open pedagogies and open educational practices using OER: Contributions by conference participants as well as by online participants commenting via twitter are most welcome and encouraged.


Jane-Frances Agbu

National Open University of Nigeria

Tel Amiel

University of Campinas
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Daniel Burgos

Director Research Institute UNIR iTED, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR)
Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos works as Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer & Technology (http://transfer.unir.net), UNESCO Chair on eLearning and ICDE Chair in OER (http://research.unir.net/unesco) at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR, http://www.unir.net). He is also Director... Read More →
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Christian M. Stracke

ICDE Chair in OER and Associate Professor for Open Education, Open University of the Netherlands
Dr. Christian M. Stracke is ICDE Chair in OER and Associate Professor for Open Education at the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) (www.ou.nl/web/welten-institute). In addition he is Advisory Professor at the East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai... Read More →

Tuesday April 24, 2018 16:35 - 17:25
Classroom 12
Thursday, April 26


Opening Teacher, Student and Researcher Access to Copyrighted Works – Complimentary Roles of Open Licensing and Copyright Limitations
While open educational resources have expanded exponentially in the last decade, most educational resources are copyrighted works that are not openly licensed. Copyright limitations often allow the use of such resources in the classroom, in research, and in the creation of new OERs, but the degree to which use is possible varies greatly by country. Furthermore, proposed changes to copyright limitations will affect the degree to which these uses will remain legal.

We propose a panel to discuss how teaching, learning and research activities are supported by a two-track strategy of encouraging open licensing and open access policies, as well as limitations and exceptions to copyright law. It will introduce Open advocates to legal provisions that allow teachers and researchers to use copyrighted works without permission from rightholders, will show how poorly crafted legal provisions common in many countries make such uses illegal, and will discuss how the two communities of activists can jointly pursue common goals. Panelists will briefly present two studies illustrating how differently crafted copyright limitations yield different outcomes in the real world. Teresa Nobre’s survey of education exceptions in 15 European countries shows that teachers in some countries can make use of certain types of resources, while others cannot. Mike Palmedo’s study of publishing output and citations data shows that scholars in middle-income countries with more permissive research limitations tend to produce more papers, and more highly cited papers. Meredith Jacob will present examples of how teachers and OER authors have relied on fair use to include third party materials in the OER context. Most of the panel’s time, however, will be devoted to a structured conversation with the audience to find areas where Open and user rights advocates can cooperate to expand access to a broad set of educational materials, including books, papers, and videos.

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Meredith Jacob

I work at American University Washington College of Law - at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property - pijip.org. We're also the home of Creative Commons United States - the US Creative Commons Affiliate. I'm interested in public interest intellectual property... Read More →
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Teresa Nobre

Teresa is an attorney-at-law based in Lisbon, Portugal, and a legal expert on copyright at Communia International Association on the Digital Public Domain. She is also Creative Commons Portugal Lead. She coordinated the research projects Mapping Copyright Exceptions and Limitations... Read More →
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Mike Palmedo

American University
I am coming to OE to discuss the importance of copyright limitations to scholars and creators of OERs. Every country has limitations to copyright that give authors the ability to access and utilize "closed" works to create new works - such as open texts. However, the way that one's... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 10:30 - 11:20