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OE4BW Call for Mentors



University of Nova Gorica (UNG) and UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning at the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) are announcing a new round of the Open Education for a Better World international on-line mentoring programme.

The programme will take place from 7th January to 5th July 2019. Candidates with concrete ideas for open e-learning courses aligned with SDG goals are invited to apply by 6 January 2019. Up to fifty (50)  candidates will be chosen to be guided on-line towards the implementation of their course.

2018-2019 Application form for Mentors

OE4BW Call for Candidates



University of Nova Gorica (UNG) and UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning at the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) are announcing a new round of the Open Education for a Better World international on-line mentoring programme.

The program supports the development and implementation of freely accessible modules and resources for online education on topics with social impact according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2018/2019 round will be held from 7th January to 5th July 2019. Mentors are invited to apply by 6 January 2019. 

2018/2019 Application form for Candidates


#AI4Good @ World Summit AI

The World Summit AI agenda was packed with groundbreaking presentations from across business and science, hot-off-the-press AI announcements, heated panels , lots of lovely tech workshops, coding classes and more.

Interestingly there was also space to focus on #AI4Good and their new initiative AI Commons framework to make sure that wonderfully capable technological methods like deep learning and machine learning are developed in a way that makes the world a better place.

UNESCO’s Partners Forum Structured Financing Dialogue

For two days, UNESCO invited us for the first time, its current and future stakeholders and partners, including Member States, development agencies, public and private actors – to strengthen links with its faithful and potential partners for the implementation of its flagship programs and the nine Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which UNESCO is a direct contributor.

Extension of UNESCO Chair @ Jozef Stefan Institute

In light of the very good results achieved by our Chair, the UNESCO Director-General confirmed by the positive report on the evaluation of our activities, that she is pleased to inform us that UNESCO agrees to renew the Chair for an additional period of four years, until September 2022.

The Director-General mentiones she is confident that the Chair will continue implementing capacity building and research in OER, including the OER for a Better World Project, within the framework of the 2nd World OER Congress.

Course in Open Education Design

UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning at the Jožef Stefan Institute and University of Nova Gorica organized a 5-day course on Open Education Design in Lanthieri Mansion in Vipava.

The aim of the course was  to equip the participants with basic knowledge, practical advice and hands-on experience to prepare them for their own design of Open Educational Resources (OER).

Lecturers and participants came from 17 countries (Slovenia, Brazil, Fiji, France, Greece, India, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Kenya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Germany, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, USA) .

UNESCO OER Recommendation presented at Open Education Global 2018

The UNESCO Chair and its team with colleagues from UNESCO HQ presented the UNESCO Recommendation in OER at the 2018 Open Education Global conference hosted by the Open Education Consortium and Delft University of Technology at the University in Delft, The Netherlands.

erlands on 24-26 April 2018.

UNESCO Chair contributing to global OER policy instrument

The Chair and its team have been working with UNESCO Headquarters in preparing the drafting of the UNESCO Recommendation in Open Educational Resources (OER). The draft was formunated with a group of open education experts from UNESCO, researchers and practitioners from all world regions. The OER Recommendation builds on the Ljubljana OER Action Plan, a product of the 2nd World OER Congress.

Educational policy evaluation helps to identify how and which policies work; and what their contribution can be for improving our educational systems. This is the reason we are inviting you to the online consultation process to contribute to the draft which is now open until 1 June 2018.  The text is available for download in English and French.

Presentation at Mobile Learning Week 2018

Our Chair had a presentation at the Mobile Learning Week with the title “Landscaping global jobs and skills dynamics”. The Mobile Week is UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education conference and is being organized in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for ICT.

UNESCO Chairs presentations at 2nd World OER Congress

The UNESCO Chairs in OER together with Open Education Consortium and Creative Commons have been presenting their work at the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress.

The congress was organized by UNESCO and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in close collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning, Creative Commons, the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia) with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Chairs presenting the role of the OER Community:

  • Ms Jane Agbu, National Open University of Nigeria
  • Mr Tel Amiel, Universidade Estaduale de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
  • Mr Daniel Burgos, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain
  • Ms Mary Lou Forward, Open Education Consortium, USA
  • Mr Cable Green, Creative Commons, USA
  • Mr Colin de la Higuera Université de Nantes, France
  • Mr Mitja Jermol, Jozef Stefan Institute. Slovenia
  • Mr Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Mr Robert Schuwer, Fontys University. Netherlands
  • Mr Maria Soledad Ramirez Montoya, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, Mexico
  • Chair: Professor Fred Mulder, Emeritus UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER at the Open University Netherlands