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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Wednesday, October 18 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Small but Mighty: The Power of OER and Open Collaboration for Localization and Translation in Ukraine

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This story is about adapting educational resources to help a community learn and advance despite incredible odds.

By reading this first statement, you can imagine thousands of situations and contexts where this story might be happening, as a whole or in parts. In this case, our story relates to Ukraine and a local University in the city of Dnipro during the ongoing war.

In January 2023, Creative Commons publishes a call for open education community proposals for small, fundable, open education projects.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the USUST librarians, staff and faculty members are working on Open Textbooks very eagerly and with a very resilient approach. But there is a strong will to go further, and OE-specific skills are needed.

There is a war ongoing.

There is also a community of people, known through a network of Librarians (the European Network of Open Education Librarians, ENOEL), willing to support Ukrainians’ efforts in enhancing OE at their national level, especially in a time of crisis when OE has proven to be essential in facilitating access to educational materials.

One of the people known through this network is a member of the CC Open Education community and connects the call for proposals with the Ukrainian needs and efforts.

In her institution, Polimi, most of the openly licenced content is available as MOOCs on Polimi Open Knowledge platform (https://www.pok.polimi.it/). The first openly licenced MOOC they developed, winner of the OE Global Award of Excellence in 2017, focuses on OER and is full of contributions by many Champions of Open Education around the world.

Here is the idea… The rest of this story will come alive with the presentation.

The aim of this presentation is to share a story of an Open Education practice of reuse and adaptation across countries enabled by a funding opportunity, a story of the will of a few people to help each other, and a story of the support of the involved institutions and organisations to make this happen. We want to share an experience that is still ongoing, and that helps connect the strengths and promises of OE with some of the challenges (including economic, logistic, and technical sustainability, languages, availability of basic resources in between extremely challenging wartime, diverse cultures, lack of official cross-university agreements, and more), and some of the benefits for students (Ensure enduring access to educational resources for students, support inclusion even during wartime, promote lifelong learning, save costs and more), for teachers and librarians (allow adaptation, reduce workload, inspire, foster collaboration, support innovation, ensure legacy) and for institutions (promote economies of scale, support faculty development, make the most of public investment, support self-promotion, support international collaboration).

We intend to speak very openly about the approach and the challenges to ignite change in others with a small (but mighty!) steps tactic.

Keywords: removing language barriers, OE in wartime, openly licensed MOOCs, open education practice, OE sustainability, collaborative reuse and adaptation

Session outcomes and takeaways: By the end of this session, attendees will:

- Have a deeper understanding of the Ukrainian context of OER and open education and a clearer perspective on the work of Ukrainian librarians in times of high-level crisis
- Analyse the process and the decision-making indicators that affected this experience and identify the opportunities to move forward despite the challenges
- Discuss in the Q&A which aspects of this experience can inspire them to move forward in their own contexts
- Be able to visualise applying the same adaptable model to other educational contexts: if it can work in wartime Ukraine, it should work in other contexts.


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Wednesday October 18, 2023 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
Pine (S5) Edmonton Convention Centre
  Open Practices & Communities