UNESCO OER forthcoming recommendations

The ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, the ICDE Ambassadors for the global advocacy of OER will host a webinar on the forthcoming UNESCO OER  recommendations,  the 7 June 2019, at 3pm CET.


ICDE Ambassadors for the global advocacy of OER and the UNESCO ICDE OER Chairs will reflect and discuss the recommendations during this webinar hosted by ICDE and the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee. A recent global study on OER from UNESCO, the impacts, achievements, and challenges of OER will also be presented. Webinar participants are invited to a lively dialogue after the presentations are completed.

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The recommendations are about to be finalized and were fine-tuned at the UNESCO Policy meeting in Paris 27-28 May 2019. The recommendations will be official and published in November 2019. The recommendations are built on the UNESCO SDG goals, especially SDG4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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In addition, the recommendations are built on the Ljublana Action plan and MInisterial  statement, see more below,

Program for the webinar:

Introduction and summary on the forthcoming UNESCO OER recommendations Ebba Ossiannilsson, Chair ICDE OERAC

Svetlana Knyazeva on the recent OER study from UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

Recent global study on OER from UNESCO; Understanding the impact of OER.     

A short round with comments on the forthcoming UNESCO OER recommendations from the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee: James Glapa-Grossklag, Jean-Marc Meunier, Xiangyang Zhang, and Ebba Ossiannilsson.

A short round with comments from ICDE OER Chairs on the forthcoming UNESCO OER recommendations: Rory McGreal, María Soledad Ramírez Montoya, Christian M. Stracke, and Agbu (Jane) Obiageli

Dialogue and questions with the audience 


ICDE OER Advocacy Committee

The ICDE OER Advocacy Committee works to increase global recognition of OER; and to provide policy support for the uptake, use, and reuse of OER.

Ebba Ossiannilsson, Professor, Dr. Consultant and VP, Swedish Association of Distance Education (SADE), ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair, ICDE Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER, Sweden

James Glapa-Glossklag, Dean and Treasurer of the Board, College of the Canyons and Open Education Consortium, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, ICDE Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER, USA

Jean-Marc Meunier, President and VP, FIED and University of Paris VIII Vincennes – St-Denis, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, ICDE Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER France

Xiangyang Zhang, Open University of Jiangsu, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, ICDE Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER China


The ICDE Chairs in Open Educational Resources (OER) is a network that, where possible, works in collaboration with UNESCO and existing UNESCO Chairs in OER.

Dr. Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada, UNESCO-COL Chair in OER

Dr. María Soledad Ramírez Montoya, Tecnológico de Monterrey, ICDE OER Chair, México

Dr. Christian M. Stracke, Open University of Netherlands, ICDE OER Chair, Netherlands

Dr. Jane-Frances Obiageli Agbu, the National Open University of Nigeria, ICDE OER Chair, Nigeria

Ljubljana OER Action Plan
The second World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress closed as experts and national delegates from 111 countries adopted by acclamation the 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan.

The 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan presents 41 recommended actions to mainstream open-licensed resources to help all Member States to build Knowledge Societies and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4 on “quality and lifelong education.”

The 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan provides recommendations to stakeholders in five strategic areas, namely: building the capacity of users to find, re-use, create and share OER; language and cultural issues; ensuring inclusive and equitable access to quality OER; developing sustainability models; and developing supportive policy environments.

Ministerial Statement
The accompanying Ministerial Statement called for a “dynamic coalition to expand and consolidate commitments to actions, strategies, and legislation” in OER, with a “call on all educational stakeholders to implement the recommendations of the Ljubljana OER Action Plan 2017.”

The statement is endorsed by 20 Ministers and their designated representatives of Bangladesh, Barbados, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Croatia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.


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