International Webinar “Advancing Open Educational Practice in line with UNESCO OER Recommendations during COVID-19 Pandemic”

Date and time: 20:00 p.m. (GMT+8) on May 8, 2020.

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Due to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, schools around the world have been successively shut down and turned to online educational platforms. In such online educational practice, how to assure interactive and motivated learning has been prioritized in the global educational field. Therefore, some educational researchers have put forward the idea of utilizing Open Educational Practice (OEP) and Open Educational Resources (OER) to tackle the difficulties in online education.

In order to help teachers and students use OEP and OER effectively, facilitate participation and interaction in class, and enhance the efficiency of teaching and learning, co-organized with UNESCO IITE, UNESCO INRULED, and Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University (SLIBNU) will hold an international webinar entitled “Advancing Open Educational Practice in line with UNESCO OER Recommendations during COVID-19 Pandemic” on Friday 20:00-22:15, May 8th, (GMT+8).

The themes of the webinar include OEP, OER and distance learning during COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to explore the efficient application of OEP and OER, so as to provide guidelines for teachers and students worldwide. The representative of the research team in SLIBNU will make the presentation of the handbook entitled Guidance on Open Educational Practices during School Closure: Utilizing OER in COVID-19 Pandemic in line with UNESCO OER Recommendations. This handbook has introduced the background of OEP application, effective methods of OEP application as well as capabilities in OER during COVID-19 pandemic. It has also provided effective strategies and guidelines on using OER to facilitate distance learning.

The webinar has invited academics and researchers in the field of education worldwide, including Ms. Svetlana Knyazeva, Senior National Project Officer in Education in UNESCO IITE; Dr. Daniel Burgos, ICDE Chair in OER, Spain; Mr. Shuaiguo Wang, President of XuetangX, China; Mr. Mohamed Jemni, Director of ICT Department, Tunisia; Mr. Bjoern Hassler, Director of EdTech Hub, UK, etc. The guests will share their thoughts or practices on OER and OEP from professional experiences and perspectives.

Additionally, in the discussion and reflection panel, it has invited more experts, including Mr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist of COL, Canada; Mr. Lintuo Wu, Director of Education Partnership, Huawei, China; Mr. Jun Xiao, Vice Director of Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Open Distance Education, Shanghai Open University, China; Ms. Secil Tisoglu, Assistant Professor, Kastamonu University, Turkey and Mr. Hans Põldoja, Associate Professor, Tallinn University, Estonia. In line with the UNESCO OER Recommendations, each expert will reflect on how open education could shift the teaching and learning processes during COVID-19 pandemic, which will contribute to explore effective strategies for improving OER quality, enhancing OER capabilities, and deepening relevant international cooperation.

Agenda of the webinar