The International Conference Open Educational Resources and Digital Education was organized on 23-24 June 2014 in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic) by the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan and the International Public Foundation "Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva".
The objectives of the Conference were to provide a platform for policy-makers and educators to discuss the opportunities to promote the ideas of open education and free access to knowledge in the countries of Central Asia and Mongolia, as well as the exchange of best practices between the education community and experts in the field of open educational resources (OER).
Ms. Svetlana Knyazeva, Chief of the Section of Digital Pedagogy and Learning Materials, presented the results of UNESCO IITE project on the promotion of OER in non-English speaking countries.
Participants of the Conference from Ireland, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, USA and South Africa discussed the experience in the development of educational policy with a focus on OER and open education, successful examples of the introduction of electronic textbooks and other innovative educational techniques.
The draft of the National Concept on OER in Kyrgyzstan was presented to the participants. The document was developed with consideration of UNESCO guidelines.