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Harnessing open education for policy responses to Covid-19

Harnessing open education for policy responses to Covid-19

Keynote at the conference Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) Eduscope, hosted by Nova Gorica University, Slovenia.


Dominic Orr

July 02, 2020


  1. Physical distancing. Image created by Samuel Rodriguez. Submitted for United

    Nations Global Call Out To Creatives - help stop the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Dominic Orr Adj. professor, University of Nova Gorica Research lead at Kiron Open Higher Education Twitter: @dominicorr Harnessing open education for policy responses to Covid-19
  2. Agenda • The problem: 3x dimensions regarding distance and remote

    learning • The solution: 3x phases for coping with the effects of Covid-19 on education • The capabilities: 5x 21st century skills – for all • The implementation: A policy for embedded change
  3. The problem Devices for distance learning Internet connectivity and costs

    Remote or connected learning? Organising the learning space
  4. The solution – version 1

  5. The solution – version 2 Monitoring, evaluation, adjustment A more

    resilient, more inclusive system Rapid response Q: How can we respond quickly? Q: Which groups are missing out? Q: What adjustments are necessary? Q: What have we learnt about improving the system? UNESCO. (2020). COVID-19 Education Response Webinar: Distance learning strategies: what do we know about effectiveness? Synthesis report. Retrieved from https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000373350
  6. One of the biggest silver linings of Covid-19 has been

    the turn towards open educational practices and open educational resources. At a university level, the Commonwealth of Learning (2020) has launched a partnership with over 44 universities and educational institutions to collaboratively work on supporting learning throughout the crisis. Bozkurt, A., Jung, I., Xiao, J., Vladimirschi, V., Schuwer, R., Egorov, G., … Paskevicius, M. (2020). A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 15(1), 1–126. Retrieved from https://zenodo.org/record/3878572 The contribution of open & OER
  7. The capabilities Collaboration Creativity Critical thinking Communication Curation

  8. Collaboration and curation

  9. The contribution of open & OER

  10. The time for policy: The recommendation adopted on 25.11.19 (https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000370936)

    Photo, Mitja Jemol, 2019 Developing supportive policy 12. Member States, according to their specific conditions, governing structures and constitutional provisions, should develop or encourage policy environments, including those at the institutional and national levels that are supportive of effective OER practices.
  11. The 7 steps in designing an OER policy for better

    T & L
  12. For more… https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000371129