Open Education Week 2016

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

OpenMed project will celebrate Open Education Week with scheduled events including webinars, guest speakers, and online conversations.


The program in pdf format can be downloaded from here

Monday, March 7th

Webinar: Open licensing and challenges to adopt OER across the Mediterranean countries

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm GMT

Daniel Burgos, Vice-chancellor for Research & Technology, UNIR – Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain


Open licensing and challenges to adopt OER across the Mediterranean countries”. How Mediterranean countries can effectively adopt Open Educational Resources at School and in Higher Education. Initial barriers like copyright, distribution, language, culture, bandwidth, access, gender and others become part of the true essence of OER, broadening the current limited implementation to a variety of settings, requirements and needs

The webinar run in Adobe Connect, the recorded video of the webinar will be posted here.

Tuesday, March 8th

Panel: Opportunities for the promotion of OER in the Arab World

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm GMT

Sana Harbi, UNESCO OER Chair at Université de Sousse, Tunisia and Gemma Tombs, Coventry University, UK


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Sana Harbi will be talking to Gemma Tombs on opportunities for the promotion of OER and Open Educational Practices in the Arab World with a special focus on the South Mediterranean region. Participants will be given the possibility to ask questions at the end, using the back channel incorporated in the broadcasting.

The panel run in Blab, a short report of the panel will be posted here in the coming days.

Wednesday, March 9th

Webinar: Uc@mooc, A low cost Open Education initiative to face massification of higher education in francophone African countries

Uc@mooc, une initiative à faible coût pour la production de ressources éducatives libres contre l’échec universitaire en Afrique

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm GMT

Khalid Berrada, Advisor to the President in charge of pedagogical innovation, responsible of Uc@Mooc project, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco


The language of the webinar will be French | La langue de ce webinaire est le français

Résumé: French Inspirée des Mooc, cette initiative a pour objectif de faire face à la massification et de pallier les difficultés linguistiques des étudiants. D’une part, nous visons la réduction de l’échec universitaire dans les établissements des pays du Sud (francophones plus particulièrement) et d’autre part, répondre aux nouveaux besoins en formation. Les contenus pédagogiques mis en ligne ne demandent pas autant de moyens. Leur coût de production ne dépassant pas 2.000 euros et leur production est possible pour les pays du Sud (Sénégal, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisie, Algérie…) où nous retrouvons les mêmes soucis face à l’augmentation du nombre d’étudiants. Au Maroc nous avons un taux d’encadrement trop faible « un enseignant pour 50 à 100 étudiants selon les établissements ». Les vidéos tournées nous permettent aussi de gagner du temps, en allant vers une pédagogie hybride, voire inversée. Aujourd’hui les Mooc sont souvent en anglais, il y a encore un travail à faire pour développer une offre francophone. L’idée n’étant pas de supprimer les enseignements en face à face mais, au contraire, de placer les enseignants au centre de cette innovation pédagogique.

Abstract: Based on MOOCs, this initiative aims to deal with the massification of Higher Education mainly in Africa, as well as to overcome students’ language barriers. On one hand, Uc@mooc aims at reducing academic failure in the south countries (especially Francophones) and on the other hand, to propose new training ways and materials. Making educational contents available online does not require many resources. Production cost do not exceed 2,000 EUR and the production is affordable for developing countries (i.e. Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria…) that face the same challenges in terms of the growing number of students at Universities. In Morocco, for example, we find “one teacher per every 50 to 100 students, depending of the institution”. The fact of video recording lessons also allow us to save time, adopting an hybrid teaching system or even flipped system. Today available MOOCs are mainly in the English language and there is much work to do to increase a French-language offer. The idea is not to replace the face-to-face lessons, but to put teachers at the center of the educational innovation.

The webinar will run in Blab, and can be accessed using the following link:


Thursday, March 10th

Webinar: Discover Palestine MOOC

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm GMT

Saida Affouneh, Director of elearning centre, ANNU, An-Najah National University, Palestine


The presentation promotes Discover Palestine, which is the first MOOC in Palestine about Palestinian history, archaeology, culture and heritage. It aims to provide hundreds of people around the world with the chance to explore Palestine, remotely and at their own pace through varied and innovative online learning methods. Challenges, opportunities and lessons learned will be presented and discussed.

The webinar will run in Google Hangout, and can be accessed using the following link:


Who should attend: Higher Education managers, educators and practitioners, OER enthusiasts of any nationality

How to Participate: Participants can freely join any time at links posted above.

Feel free to send an email to to let us know that you will participate or to ask for further information! Participants will be given the chance to ask questions at the end of the webinars, using the back channel incorporated in the broadcasting. On social media we will be using the hashtag #openmedproject feel free to say hello there as well.


The Open Education Week is coordinated by the Open Education Consortium and it is organised on a global scale. Learn more about the full list of Open Education Week events and activities

Looking forward to a successful Open Education Week!



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