OER on the agenda – globally, in Europe, and in the Nordic countries
Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: Rethinking education is not just of question of money: whilst it is true that we need to invest more in education and training, it is clear that education systems also need to modernise and be more flexible in how they operate to respond to the real needs of today's society. Europe will only resume sustained growth by producing highly skilled and versatile people who can contribute to innovation and entrepreneurship. Efficient and well-targeted investment is fundamental to this, but we will not achieve our objectives by reducing education budgets.
Open Educational Resources are discussed widely on a global, European and even Nordic level. UNESCO, which has coined the term Open Educational Resources (OER) some 10 years ago, published in June 2012 a global agenda for OER, the Paris Declaration (adopted by OER World Congress). The Declaration shows the importance of Open Educational Resources and gives recommendations to governments and institutions around the globe. The European Union has started a large-scale initiative on “Opening Up Education” and the Cyprus EU Presidency in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research organises a Ministerial Conference on “Opening up education through technologies” in Oslo in beginning of December. The Ministerial Conference "Opening up education through technologies: Towards a more systemic use for a smart, social and sustainable growth in Europe" to be held in Oslo, Norway on 9-11 December 2012. The conference will constitute a unique opportunity to capture the key issues that matter for a systemic approach to educational innovations which facilitate quality 21st century education for all. Our goal is to dedicate particular attention on how education and training systems can fully reap the benefits of modern technologies so as to create innovative ways of accessing learning content, building creative learning environments and fostering virtual learning communities
These developments have been the starting point for a Nordic initiative on promoting and utilizing Open Education in the Nordic countries with a focus on creating a strong base for OER and Open Educational Practices (OEP) amongst the Nordic countries and in the Nordic region, also with a global outreach in mind. The Nordic countries have the potential to become a forerunner in OEP and the use of OER activities in Europe. The Nordic OER Alliance is a network of individuals representing stakeholders and institutions supporting uptake, adoption and collaboration around Open Education Resources. The Alliance will have a 3 - 5 year perspective, and is now planning actions to sustain a broad awareness, knowledge building and networking platform. The main objectives of the group are:
To contribute in utilizing OER for educational development in the
Nordic countries and to enable and support collaborative actions in
To contribute to global educational development
To support the implementation of the Paris OER Declaration and future EU OER initiatives in the Nordic countries
To analyse opportunities and barriers for a successful implementation
of the Paris Declaration as well as current EU strategies in order to
provide guidance for policy makers in governments, institutions and
To build and exchange knowledge on OER and OEP in the Nordic Region as a basis for good practices, inspiration for policy building and policy implementation
Enabling and supporting collaborative actions
Analysing opportunities and barriers for a successful implementation
of the different initiatives such as the UNESCO Paris Declaration in
order to be a relevant and strong partner for dialogue and advise for
policy makers in governments, institutions and organisations
Creating a knowledge resource and an awareness network for advise on OER and OEP policy building and policy implementation
Feedback on these objectives is welcome! We will do our outmost to consult with you in an open way in the spirit of Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Processes.
Future VisionIn 2017, Open Education in the Nordic countries has reformed education towards collaboration, innovation and global responsibility. The key aspects are:
ContactThe Nordic OER Alliance will shortly establish a web presence. Contacts persons in this initial phase are Jan M. Pawlowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tore Hoel (email@example.com).
Rethinking Education calls for a fundamental shift in education