UNESCO adopts OER recommendations: The Paris OER Declaration Explained - The OER World Congress organized by UNESCO has adopted the Paris OER Declaration in June 2012. The Declaration shows the importance of Open Educational Resources and gives recommendations to governments and institutions around the globe. OpenScout has contributed to the declaration with a focus on international aspect of OER.
In 2012, UNESCO has launched the biggest international event for Open Education, the OER World Congress aiming at creating awareness on policy, governmental, institutional and user level. The main outcome was a global recommendation to governments and institutions, the 2012 Paris Declaration (UNESCO, 2012).
The OER World Congress as the highest level of UNESCO events was prepared in “Regional Policy Forums” in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East as well as certain special events. Another preparation meeting was co-organized by the project OpenScout focusing on international aspects of OER at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva. The main outcome was a set of recommendations (edited by the OpenScout co-ordinator Jan Pawlowski) which also influenced the final Declaration, especially regarding international collaborations and accessibility.
The declaration gives 10 recommendations to policy makers, governments and institutions. So what are the next steps, what are necessary actions – the OpenScout white paper elaborates briefly on the implications for policy makers and potential action items. These can be used for discussing policy development, setting priority areas and create an action plan for implementing the Paris Declaration.