UNESCO IITE calls for applications to contribute to the research project on educational potential of OER

The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) implements the research project on educational potential of open educational resources (OER) in partnership with OER Africa (an initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education).

Given the global recognition and growth of OER, the specific objective of the research project is to review critically the growth of OER and its potential impact on education systems around the world. The research outcomes will include:

  • an overview of OER policies and relevant policy issues in UNESCO Member States,
  • snapshots of notable OER initiatives;
  • a description of financial models and mechanisms for OER initiatives;
  • a review of the role of OER in fostering diversity and inclusivity;
  • an assessment of the impact and research, including the impact of policies on education and pedagogical improvements, the impact of OER on educational practices;
  • a description of key challenges hindering the growth and potential of OER.

The UNESCO IITE invites experts in OER to express their interest to contribute to the research project. The experts selected within this call are expected to complete a detailed questionnaire based on research, including speaking to other relevant specialists to supplement their answers. The questionnaire should be completed in English and submitted to the UNESCO IITE by 7 September 2018.

Applicants must meet the following qualification requirements:

  • advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent degree) in the field of education, social sciences, pedagogics, ICT, or a related field,
  • proven experience in providing consulting services in the field of ICT in education, OER and
  • excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.

Interested individuals are requested to submit a cover letter accompanied by a full resume stating the details of qualifications and working experience to e.pushkareva@unesco.org The deadline for submission has been extended to 23 August 2018.

The UNESCO IITE will contract 2-3 country experts per UNESCO region (including Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean).

Only successful candidates will be contacted.