OER Regional Agenda for the South-Mediterranean Universities: Open Revision

We invite all those with an interest in South-Mediterranean higher education to Participate to this Open Revision of the OER Regional Agenda until the 30th of April 2017.

Background Information

In the South-Mediterranean countries the demand of Higher Education (HE) 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 learner access to the university, thus promoting equity, and democratisation of Higher Education.

The OpenMed project aims at raising awareness and facilitating the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in the South-Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on Higher Education in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine.

The OpenMed OER Regional Agenda for the South-Mediterranean Universities, starting from an understanding of the long-term challenges and priorities which are necessary for opening up Higher Education in the South Mediterranean countries, presents a set of strategic actions aimed at maximising the benefits of OER and OEP to increase the access, the quality and the equity of Higher Education in the region.

The present version of the OER Regional Agenda is based on the results of the OpenMed group discussion held in Coventry University, UK, on May 3-4, 2016 and on the findings and recommendations of the OpenMed Compendium on OE and OER practices in the South-Mediterranean region. In the next months the OER Regional Agenda will be debated in four National Strategy Forums organised in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine, taking into account the specific needs and insights of the academic communities of these countries.

In a nutshell, the OER Regional Agenda aims to:

  • Suggest mechanisms for enhancing students access to Higher Education;
  • Suggest mechanisms to promote improvement of quality of teaching and learning practices;
  • Support participant universities to widen participation in Open Education;
  • Create awareness on the benefits of OER use, reuse and remix for university course development;
  • Support the collaboration among universities on issues related to Open Education.

The OER Agenda is aimed at managers, decision-makers, educators and other members of staff (e.g. university librarians, technical IT staff) from universities in the South-Mediterranean countries and for all organisations engaged in teaching and learning.

OER Regional Agenda draft 1.0

The OER Regional Agenda is available for consultation in:

Open Revision of the OER Regional Agenda

The aim of this OER Regional Agenda is to become the starting point for the development of both policies and roadmaps at institutional level, and it will inform the training of trainers component of the OpenMed project. Key definitions of terms used in this document are available here.

Comments are welcome in both English and French, until the 30th of April 2017.

Participate to the Open Revision of the OER Regional Agenda

The Agenda will be also presented during the Open Education Week 2017 and it will be available on the OpenMed website for comments until the 30th of April.

The OER Regional Agenda is being debated in four OER National Strategy Forums organised in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine, taking into account the specific needs and insights of the academic communities of these countries.

Results of the Open Revision and next steps

1) Your comments and inputs will be integrated into the consolidated version of the OER Regional Agenda.

2) Inputs collected during the four OER National Strategy Forums organised in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine, will be integrated into the consolidated version of the OER Regional Agenda, taking into account the specific needs and insights from the academic communities of these countries.

3) In August 2018, a new validated version of the OER Regional Agenda will be available, based on the training experience and lesson learnt from the roadmapping exercise.

Acknowledgements

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We are grateful to Marcello Verona and David Osimo from Open Evidence for their support in providing OpenMed with the makingspeechestalk tool used for this open revision.