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Tuesday, April 24


Impact of International Organizations on Governmental OER Policies
This presentation will report on findings from a PhD research study entitled: Impact of International Organizations on Governmental OER Policies. It is registered at the Open University Netherlands under the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). The primary objective of this research is to explore how International Organizations (IOs) are influencing governments around the world in their OER policy approaches and with what impact. 

The following three main research questions are central to the study:

1. What OER policy instruments can be identified as being used by different IOs?
2. What impact do IO OER policy instruments have on provincial, state and national governmental OER policies?
3. What recommendations, if implemented, would lead to IO OER policy instruments more effectively supporting governmental OER policies?

OER policy instruments at the level of International Organizations (IOs) are defined, within the context of this research, as instruments or courses of action by IOs, that can directly or indirectly contribute to the development or support of governmental OER policies. 

The research methodology includes, amongst other approaches, interviews with representatives from International Organizations and interviews with governmental representatives in different countries. 

International organizations in the study include Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), and Foundations.

The aim of this presentation is to present results from interviews with 11 International Organizations (European Commission, Commonwealth of Learning, OECD, UNESCO, Creative Commons, Open Education Consortium, OER Asia, OER Africa, Hewlett Foundation, Shuttleworth Foundation and the Open Society Foundations) on how they influence governmental OER policies and the observed or perceived effectiveness of their actions.

This research is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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Igor Lesko

Director of Operations, Open Education Consortium
Open Education, Open Policy

Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00 - 12:25
Commissie 2
Thursday, April 26


Education in the Open Government Partnership commitments
The improvement of education is a recurring objective within the commitments of the countries that participate in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). There are several national commitments related to the opening of Data, Information and Education Materials as teaching and learning tools within the national plans for Open Governance. In this context, we examine how these elements are related to the OGP commitments of countries at the international level and to propose strategies for the implementation of concrete policies that support these commitments with respect to education and to citizenship education.

To achieve this objective, we will present the results of an exhaustive study on the models of education and civic education of different national OGP commitments, and based on the results of this study, we will present a diagnosis regarding how really open and sustainable these are. The results of this study allow us to present a series of strategies to promote open education (understood as those practices based on content released under open licenses that allow universal and democratic access to quality educational materials) as a tool to promote educational development amongst OGP member countries.

The strategies to be presented include the effective promotion of the use of open government data as learning and teaching tools, citizen education focused on promoting understanding of access to public information, promoting the creation and development of initiatives national and international programs that promote sustainable open education in public education systems, and finally, the proposal of open education policy development models that allow the commitments made by governments and ministries to have a practical application.

As summary: our goal is to provide to the Open Education Community practical tools that allow supporting the different countries of the region in the adoption of open education by generating policies that encourage open educational practices.

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Javiera Atenas

Data and Education Lead, OEGW - ILDA
Information Scientist with a PhD in Education and senior teaching fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. She is the principal researcher in data and education at ILDA and co-coordinates the Open Education Working Group.@jatenas

Leo Havemann

Birkbeck, University of London

Thursday April 26, 2018 14:05 - 14:30
Classroom 12