The OpenMed project, supported by the European Union under the Erasmus+ programme, has been working during the period 2015-2018 to raise awareness and facilitate the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in the Arab Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on higher education in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine.
The project involved an international consortium coordinated by UNIMED (Italy) with Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (Spain), University of Seville (Spain), Coventry University (UK), Cairo University (Egypt), Alexandria University (Egypt), Cadi Ayyad University (Morocco), Université Ibn Zohr (Morocco), Birzeit University (Palestine), An-Najah National University (Palestine), AArU – Association of Arab Universities (Jordan), German Jordanian University (Jordan), Princess Sumaya University for Technology (Jordan).
The rationale for initiating OpenMed is that in the South-Mediterranean countries the demand of Higher Education often exceeds capacity in the existing HE system, and therefore the use and integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) are possible ways to facilitate learners’ access to the university, thus promoting equity, inclusion and democratisation of higher education. Widening participation to Higher Education by means of OER adoption is indeed a strategic priority for the higher education sector in general and for the OER movement.
Project Highlights and Achievements
Over the last 3 years, OpenMed has contributed greatly to having open education placed on the educational agenda in the region, by working with partner institutions and the open education movement worldwide.
OpenMed has been working at three different but connected levels:
- the policy level, addressing policy development through national dialogues with a range of stakeholders, and through setting multi-country strategic actions on the basis of such dialogues, aimed at maximising the benefits of Open Education to increase the access, the quality and the equity of higher education in the region;
- the institutional level, creating innovation Centers for Open Education at the premises of partner universities, and facilitating the development of institutional roadmaps and action plans for the implementation of open education at local and institutional levels;
- the educators level, building and strengthen educators’ capacity to incorporate OER and open practices into their daily teaching in order to bring learning processes and their outcomes closer to learners’ needs.
Main highlights and achievements over the 3 year period include:
- A compendium publication and executive summaries in English, French, and Arabic with a review of Open Education globally and in particular the South-Mediterranean region, 11 case studies and a series of video interviews with experts in open education;
- Four OER National Strategy Forums conducted in Egypt (November 2016), Morocco (December 2016), Jordan (February 2017), and Palestine (April 2017);
- An OER Regional Agenda for the South-Mediterranean Universities, as the starting point for the development of both action plans and roadmaps at institutional level;
- A national declaration about Open Education in Morocco;
- 8 innovation Centers for Open Education at South-Mediterranean partner universities where technical and networking infrastructure is available to university students, teachers and staff;
- 74 educators trained at the Open Education Training Week in Torino (September 2017) and online (October 2017 – March 2018) to adopt Open Education approaches;
- 9 learning circles in Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon facilitated by a network of 15 local facilitators;
- A webinar series on different aspects of Open Education, with international leaders in the field;
- A variety of OER-related projects created by participants in the course;
- Training materials of the course “Open Education: fundamentals and approaches, composed by 5 modules, activities, and project works steps, publicly available in English, French, and Arabic;
- A Pilot Course Evaluation Report, with recommendations and suggestions for improving and enhancing future editions of the course;
- an active network of experts and educators interested in promoting open education
Dissemination & Communication:
- Press Reviews
- Media Kit
- Collection of Videos produced along the project
- Collection of Images contributed by participants
- Project Blog
(2017, May 25). OpenMed Mid-Term Evaluation Report
(2018, June 6). OpenMed Pilot Course External Evaluation Report