Symposium and presentation from the OER Advocacy at ÌCDE LLLS2019, Lillehammer, Norway

Ebba Ossiannilsson ICDE Open Educational Resources (OER) Advocacy Committee, Chair and Ambassador

Ebba Ossiannilsson
ICDE Open Educational Resources (OER) Advocacy Committee, Chair and Ambassador

The OER Advocacy Committee participated and hosted a Symposium on The mandate and work by the ICDE OER advocacy committee (Panel), at the ICDE LLLS2019 in Lillehammer, Norway. The Symposium was held 12 February, 2019. An ICDE blogpost was even published before the conference on 5 February 2019. Presentation from the ICDE LLLS2019 from the OER Advocacy Committee can be found here

The overall topic for the Symposium was The mandate and work by the ICDE OER advocacy committee (Panel)

Ebba OssiannilssonICDE OER Advocacy Committee Chair, Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER, Sweden., and Swedish Association for Distance Education, Sweden. Swedish Organization for e-Competence, Sweden presented the current work, roadmap at micro, meso and macrolevel and mandate for the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee.

Jean-Marc Meunier, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER, and University of Paris 8, France. Interuniversity Federation of Distance Education, France, presented on the instrumentalization of open educational resources.

A summary of the Symposium

Open Educational Resources (OER) serve as catalyst for lifelong learning (LLL), and Continuous Professional Development (CPD). For lifelong learners OER is often used as microlearning or nanolearning, not at least at working places. OER, has the potentials to expand access to lifelong learning opportunities, achieve quality education and establish legal and political frameworks that promote, inter alia, and coordinated partnerships. 

The mandate and work of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee (OERAC), as well as ICDE OER Chairs was presented.  The ICDE OERAC work aligned with the UN UNESCO Recommendations (2019). The visions, missions, activities, and current roadmap by the OERAC was presented and discussed during the Symposium. Some concrete activities are work on the proposed collaborative projects and visions from the Open Education Leadership Summit 2018 (OELS18). The ICDE OERAC will especially respond to the proposals around policy. The response will identify opportunities to develop some of the proposed projects and activities, and to establish links with existing or emerging projects and trends around the world. Another concrete activity is on developing guidelines for advocacy, best/or better practices for OER advocacy in various settings, and levels (e.g. Macro, meso, micro, and nanolevel).

Some final questions were raised from the presenters

The LLLS2019 gathered some 350 global delegates from 39 countries. Presentations and highlights are presented here, and more to come. Prime Minister Erna Solberg; Norway was keynotespeaker. She stresses the importance of lifelong learning for all the urgent needs for transformation change especially higher education have to take related to their role as capacity building in societies, and to be an even more active stakeholder in the 21st century related to their offers, services and mandate for lifelong learning for all.

Videos and presentations from the Summit are available here: 

Short facts about the OERAC

The ICDE OER Advocacy Committee work aligned with the United Nation UNESCO Recommendations and the movement from awareness raising, commitment to action, based on the latest Ljubljana statements, SDG, especially SDG4, and Cape Town Declaration 10+.

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ICDE OERACCaroline Seville