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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Tuesday, October 17 • 3:45pm - 4:15pm
The Network of Open Organizations (NOO) - Strengthening and sustaining Open Education through Open Collaboration across Regions

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The Network of Open Organisations was initiated by Open Education Global in November 2019, when the UNESCO Recommendation on OER (https://www.unesco.org/en/legal-affairs/recommendation-open-educational-resources-oer) was adopted unanimously by the UNESCO member states. The organisations and leaders in open education who joined the NOO so far include CCCOER-Open Education Global, OER Africa, Open Education Policy Hub-Lab, Creative Commons, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), ENCORE+ (Erasmus+ project), ICDE, ICDE OERAC, SPARC, SPARC Europe, eLC and ICORE, Centrum Cyfrowe, Wikimedia Foundation, MERLOT-SkillsCommons, representatives from HEIs and also IGOs such as COL and UNESCO.

The Network meets monthly and works on projects collaboratively. Projects and outputs shared so far include the following:

1) The OER Recommendation Actions Matrix (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/174gubGDen-w7uU29PSp4tgS2_K2bStwC?usp=sharing). The Matrix outlines pragmatic activities that governments and educational institutions can consider operationalising under the five UNESCO OER Recommendation areas to support its implementation.

Governments and educational institutions can use the Matrix according to their contextual needs or priorities: for example, if an institution is taking its first steps to get involved in Open Education, the Matrix can support them in identifying actions and prioritising their efforts according to the most urgent issues they need to address at the local level. Furthermore, if an Open Education policy is already adopted in a country, the Matrix can support further steps with implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies at the national level.

The Matrix contributes to the efforts of mainstreaming OER and related practices worldwide.

2) Case studies of successful, large-scale implementations of OER initiatives: (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1iMKGgk5JYnfANfkILE0I2QK4iI9P6nve?usp=sharing). This collection of case studies, coordinated by the OER Africa team, demonstrates how OER have been used to increase access, improve learner outcomes, and/or reduce costs or facilitate professional development opportunities.

Although there are numerous stated benefits of Open Education, the community of practitioners, advocates, and policymakers needs evidence to showcase what these benefits are, what is achievable in other contexts, and how to adapt practices done elsewhere in one’s own National and institutional context. OER Africa coordinated this collaborative effort among several Network of Open Organisations members to develop a summary of seven key case studies. These case studies showcase the success of OER and related practices and demonstrate how to implement or replicate such practices through, for example, professional development activities to enlarge and enhance the number and the quality of OER and Open Education practices.

The NOO aims to continue scaling and sustaining OE developments by sharing challenges and finding solutions together, to avoid duplicating efforts while building on each other's results and collaboratively contributing to further outcomes. Membership in the Network is open to those with an interest in advocating for, facilitating and sustaining open education practices worldwide and supporting the implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation.

Keywords: Network of Open Organisations, open collaboration, sustainability of OE, UNESCO OER Recommendation, OER Recommendation Actions Matrix

Session outcomes and takeaways:

By the end of this session, attendees will:
- Get to know what the Network of Open Organisations is, how it operates and its goals;
- Learn about two collaborative projects done by NOO so far, their purpose, their structure and how to reuse them at their local level to implement the UNESCO OER Recommendation according to contextual priorities. Outputs from both projects are published under a CC BY license.
- Learn about the perceived benefits and challenges of networked collaborations through the viewpoints of stakeholders involved in the NOO activities.
- Learn how to become part of the Network of Open Orgs.

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Cable Green

Director of Open Knowledge, Creative Commons
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Igor Lesko

Interim Co-Executive Director, Open Education Global
Open Education, Open Policy
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Paola Corti

Oe Community Manager, SPARC_EU

Juliane Granly

Project & Development Manager, @icde_org
Project and Development Manager at the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) - The oldest and leading membership association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning Coordinator of the ENCORE+ Network, The European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in... Read More →
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Marcela Morales

Interim Co-Executive Director, Open Education Global
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Paul Stacey

Principal, https://paulstacey.global
Long time open education leader at BCcampus, Creative Commons and Open Education Global.Now an independent consultant at https://paulstacey.global.Latest blog posts: AI From An Open Perspective and Sustainability Models... Read More →

Tuesday October 17, 2023 3:45pm - 4:15pm MDT
Bear (S8/10) Edmonton Convention Centre
  OE Sustainability / Societal Changes