Round Table for the Promotion of Russian language through Open Educational Resources

The Round Table on the modern linguistic policy of the Russian Federation and promotion of the Russian language through digital educational resources was held in Dagomys (Russian Federation) in the framework of XX Annual Mass Media Festival Vsia Rossia on 27-28 September 2016.

Themain goals of the event were to raise awareness of journalists on the modern linguistic policy, strategies and best practices in the Russian Federation, as well as to contribute to the development of an understanding of world status of the Russian language in different domains. Major trends in open and distance learning in the context of possible ways of promoting languages, including the Russian language, through Open Educational Resources were reviewed by the participants. The Round Table was organised by the Russian Committee for the UNESCO Information for All Programme, Interregional Library Cooperation Center and the Russian Union of Journalists with financial support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

Ms. Tatiana Murovana, Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, presented the main outcomes of the UNESCO IITE’s project on analysis of current state of advancement of Open Educational Resources in non-English-speaking countries. She also stressed the importance and benefits of active support to the development of Open Educational Resources in national languages for governments and educational institutions.

The key speeches were delivered by:

  • Dr. Evgeny Kuzmin, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Council and Chair of the Russian Committee, the UNESCO Information for All Programme;
  • Dr. Ludmila Trubina, Vice-Rector, the Moscow State University of Education;
  • Dr. Andrew Scherbakov, Dean of the Faculty of Philology, the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute;
  • Dr. Sergey Bakeykin, Executive Director, the Interregional Library Cooperation Center.

The Round Table was attended by journalists and mass media managers, researchers, educators and experts, representatives of nongovernmental organisations from different regions of the Russian Federation and from Afghanistan, Lithuania and Bulgaria.