For the first time the UNESCO IITE participated in the Open Education Global Conference 2016 which was held at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland from the 12th to 14th of April 2016. More than 150 participants from Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA attended the Conference.
The Conference was opened by the Keynote Panel “Opening Up Poland”: Kamil Sliwowski, Jan Kozlowski, Marek Piotrowski, Zbigniew Kakol, Krzysztof Kurowski and Alek Tarkowski presented the current state of the use of OER in Poland.
Ms. Svetlana Knyazeva, Chief of the Section of Digital Pedagogy and Learning Materials, UNESCO IITE delivered the presentation “OER and MOOCs in English- and non-English-speaking countries: credentialing of learning results” at session 1 and took part in the panel discussion “Openness, Open Education and Open Licenses” together with Christian Stracke, and Cable Green.
On April 14, 2016 Ms. Svetlana Knyazeva took part in the OER Policy Forum, an event dedicated to OER policies organized to discuss in-depth policy developments taking place in the last several years around the world. The goal of the meeting was to bring together experts, advocates and policymakers working on OER policies, in order to discuss the state of their development and steps that can be taken to strengthen OER policies and increase their reach.
The Open Education Global Conference annually provides an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and educators to deeply explore open education and its impact on global education. Conference participants learn from thought leaders in open education and have the opportunity to share ideas, practices and discuss issues important to the future of education worldwide.