UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

02/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2021 05:15

Global Teachers’ Network support the use of Open Educational Resources to tackle COVID-19

Participants to the meeting highlighted that during the past year, online availability of the Network's resources, as well as capacity building to create, use, re-use and adapt OERs to support teacher training based on UNESCO's ICT Competency Framework, has played a key role to ensure continuity of teaching and learning during the pandemic, as education institutions worldwide have been forced to close while adapting to new educational realities.

Dr Melinda Bandalaria, Chancellor and Professor at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), highlighted that OER had been proved particularly valuable in this regard for teacher-training courses at OPOU.

Dr Ilyas Ahmed, Professor, University of Djibouti echoed that experience, and emphasized the increased use and expansion of OER-based resources to meet the challenges of the pandemic, by providing training for teachers in Djibouti on using technologies effectively. Dr Ndlovu Nokulunga, Lecturer, University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa, underscored that the interest in OER has grown substantially at her institution since the outbreak of COVID-19, and that the challenge is now to ensure greater access to this content to all stakeholders.

With regard to the formulation of the Network's 2021 workplan, participants formulated strategies to align their activities more closely to the UNESCO OER Recommendation 2019 and its implementation, including by sharing best practices to support national contextualization of the Recommendation and its action areas. In addition, meeting participants agreed increase focus on sharing experiences in the development and implementation of digital strategies at national and institutional levels.

The presentations at the meeting further underscored the clear links between the work of the ICT-CFT/OER Project and the UNESCO Recommendation on OER. Meeting participants also concluded that this project is important to support stakeholders in harnessing OER worldwide, to share learning and knowledge openly with a view to building more resilient and inclusive knowledge societies.