Open Education for a Multicultural World

National and International policies in OER

April 24, 2014 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

On 25 September 2013 the European Commission presented its communication on a new initiative entitled ‘Opening up Education’. This is a joint action of the two DGs Education and Culture (EAC) and Connect. As at this moment it seems we are lacking the understanding on how governments can stimulate the uptake of OER by policy means, questions such as how will this affect the European member states and how can we ensure the realisation of successful, lively and sustainable OER communities are arising fast. In this debate we seek to present and comment on the existing best practices in full-fledged national policies/initiatives.


  • Paul Bacsich (Chair), Project Manager POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake), Sero Consulting Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Fred Mulder, UNESCO Chairholder in Open Educational Resources, Open University of the Netherlands
  • Rory McGreal, UNESCO Chairholder in Open Educational Resources, Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Borut Campelj, Ministry of Education and Sport, Republic of Slovenia
  • Ronald Macintyre, Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator, The Open University in Scotland
  • Andreia Inamorato dos Santos, Research Fellow, European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Spain

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