We are pleased to announce combined ROER4D/GO-GN research track during Open Education Global Conference 2015, which will combine presentations from two international initiatives:

1. Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D)

The IRDC, DFID and OSF-funded Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project aims to provide evidence-based research from a number of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.The primary objective of the programme is to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries by better understanding ways in which and under what circumstance the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) can address the demand for accessible, relevant, high-quality and affordable education in the Global South. It sets out to establish the adoption and impact of OER on the quality and costs of teaching materials, on educators’ pedagogical practices and on learner performance. Further details about ROER4D can be found at: http://roer4d.org/

The ROER4D research track will include presentations from 10 of the 12 projects and cover:

• The strategies and initial findings of the ROER4D cross regional survey;
• Academics’ views on sharing OER in India and South Africa;
• Teacher and teacher educators’ co-creation of OER in India and Colombia;
• OER integration in course development in Malaysia and India;
• OER adoption in Mongolia;
• Effectiveness of OER use in higher education students’ logical-mathematical skills in Chile;
• The mapping of public funding for educational resources in South America;
• Also included will be presentations covering the ROER4D Research Capacity Building initiative of Question Harmonisation, and explaining the ROER4D Utilisation Focused Evaluation process.

2. Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN)
GO-GN is short for Global OER Graduate Network, a worldwide network of PhD researchers and their supervisors in the area of OER, MOOCs and Open Education. It has been initiated in 2012 and is coordinated by the UNESCO Chair in OER at the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands. During the GO-GN research track, advanced PhD researchers will present results from their respective PhD studies.
Prior to the Open Education Global Conference, GO-GN is starting its 4th Seminar for its members. The full week’s experience is made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. More information about GO-GN: http://oer-unescochair-ounl.ning.com/go-gn.