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About the Survey

Organized by the Commonwealth of Learning in partnership with UNESCO, the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair in Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia) with the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This survey is conducted within the framework of the Regional Consultations for the 2nd World OER Congress. The objective of this survey is to establish a global understanding of national OER development today. In this regard, ministries responsible for education in all UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Member States are invited to submit their responses to the questions below. The responses from this survey will be part of a consolidated global report on the status of OER to be made available at the 2nd World OER Congress in September 2017. This survey will take about 45 minutes to complete.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) are any educational resource that may be freely accessed, copied, reused, adapted and shared and which are available under an open licence or are in the public domain for use without paying licensing fees. OER can include lecture notes, slides, lesson plans, textbooks, handouts given to students, videos, online tutorials, podcasts, diagrams, entire courses, and any other material designed for use in teaching and learning.
  • An Open Licence is a licence that allows copyrighted materials to be used, adapted and redistributed without permission from the copyright holder. The best-known open licences are the Creative Commons Licences, which provide legal mechanisms to ensure that people retain copyright over and acknowledgement for their work while allowing it to be shared under the terms and conditions of their choice.
  • Public Domain refers to materials for which the copyright has expired or whose author has relinquished the copyright.
The Regional Consultations for the 2nd World OER Congress: Background Paper sets the stage for the project.

The expected outcomes of this study are to:
  • identify the current status of implementation of the recommendations made at the World OER Congress (2012) among key stakeholders, namely, governments, policy makers, the OER community and the wider education community;
  • initiate discussions amongst the key stakeholders regarding the strategies to deal with the identified challenges to mainstreaming OER;
  • build awareness amongst key stakeholders about the objectives of the 2nd World OER Congress, and
  • develop strategies that will support stakeholders to move from commitment to action.
We thank you warmly for your co-operation.
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