[A2k] Paris OER Declaration calls on Govts to openly license publicly funded educational materials

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Jun 28 14:21:52 PDT 2012

UNESCO World OER Congress releases 2012 Paris OER Declaration


On Friday 22 June, the World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress
released the 2012 Paris OER Declaration which calls on Governments to
openly license publicly funded educational materials.


“Based on the Paris OER Declaration, a comprehensive UNESCO OER
Programme and strong global partnerships, we hope that at least 12
Member States will adopt national OER policies by 2015,” said Abel
Caine, Congress organizer and UNESCO Programme Specialist for OER.

The Congress featured presentations from key supporters of OERs
worldwide. Anant Agarwal, President of the Harvard-MIT online learning
system edX, announced his organization’s goal of teaching one billion
students through free and openly licensed versions of Harvard and MIT

Asha Kanwar, president and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning based
in Vancouver (Canada) said, “OERs are an important milestone in
democratizing education”.

“In view of the hundreds of thousands of students entering the school
system, we are very interested in OER,” said Hon. Adébayo Abiola,
Minister of Education of Benin.

The theme of using OERs as a means of providing equal access to
knowledge was echoed by speakers from higher education institutions,
governments, NGOs and the for-profit sector.

The Congress also featured a variety of ways in which OERs serve as
tools for collaboration and the creation of learning resources:

    In Grenada, OERs are being used to improve education by
encouraging collaboration among teachers.
    Korea University is piloting a wiki-style collaborative translation project.
    Health science institutions across Africa are working together to
freely share their education materials worldwide through the African
Health OER Network.


Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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