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Success with the UNESCO Recommendation to promote access to educational resources for all

The OpeningupSlovenia think tank has after a five year long commitment succeeded in its work with UNESCO to publish this new Recommendation that will support the development and sharing of openly licensed learning and teaching materials, benefitting students, teachers and researchers worldwide. This global document comes also with the memory to our friends who started this journey with us but are not here to celebrate, Indrajit Banerjee, and Fred Mulder.

2nd World OER Congress – Ljubljana – 18-20 September 2017

Success for the UNESCO Chair working on OER Recommndation

The UNESCO Chair in OER and his team have been working ceaselessly on the new OER Recommendation which was approved by UNESCO member states on 28th May, by consensus. Its final step for approval will take place at the UNESCO General Assembly in November, 2019. The UNESCO OER Chair was able to work with UNESCO members states to significantly edit some of the unhelpful definitions and improve other text in the document. The final text of the document will be now coordinated and translated by UNESCO and they will publish it prior to the November meeting.

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.