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Open Educational Resources ​ Regional Consultations

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Ishan Sudeera Abeywardena
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Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Latin America and Caribbean Open Educational Resources Regional Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 3 April 2017. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL and Dr Ishan Abeywardena, COL.
Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, COL, and Dr. Ishan Abeywardena, COL, at the Asia Open Educational Resources Regional Consultation, 1 December 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The World OER Congress 2012, organized by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, led to the adoption of the OER Paris Declaration1 by delegates from 70 countries. At that time, the global open educational resources (OER) community focused on securing governmental support for OER. Since 2012, many governments and educational institutions have committed to policies in support of OER, and there is increased awareness and funding in many countries for the creation and distribution of OER. To mark the five‐year anniversary of the OER Paris Declaration, and to review the progress made so far, the Hewlett Foundation supported COL in organizing six regional consultations in collaboration with UNESCO, the Government of Slovenia, and other partners. These consultations will lead to the 2nd World OER Congress, which will be held in Slovenia in September 2017 and will be organized by UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia. The Latin America and Caribbean regional consultation provided a renewed commitment by the participants to develop policies around Open Educational Resources with the help of COL and UNESCO. The theme of the regional consultation was “OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action.” Latin America and the Caribbean have different priorities and needs, namely electricity, water and health. However quality basic education remains an important area to meet SDG4. The expected outcome of the meeting was to devise collaborative consensus‐based strategies to reach SDG4 building on the complementarity of the Latin American and the Caribbean nations. Held over two days, the workshop suggested examples and models available for mainstreaming OER in support of achieving SDG4. The agenda for the meeting can be found on the RCOER website (http://rcoer.col.org/).