Open educational resources – freely accessible and openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes – have made education more achievable and equitable for millions of students worldwide.
Join WCET, NCOER, and OER experts from around the world to help us celebrate OERth Week!
Through a video series held in honor of Earth Week, WCET and several OER specialists will highlight OER efforts taking place in a variety of locations and spaces here on Earth.
Come back each day for a virtual OERth Week celebration, or sign up for notifications when they are released.
WCET OERth Week - Welcome!
WCET OERth Week Day 1 - Paul Stacey, Open Ed Global
For more information see:
- Open Education Global.
- Open Education Awards for Excellence, including award to:
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship.
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship description and example assignments.
WCET OERth Week Day 2 - Paola Corti, SPARC Europe
WCET OERth Week Day 3 - Sadia Afroze Sultana, Bangladesh Open University
WCET OERth Week Day 4 - Neil Butcher, OER Africa and Neil Butcher & Associates
For more information see:
- UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.
- UNESCO ICT CFT Resource Hub on OER Commons.
- ICT Network on WhatsApp.
WCET OERth Week Day 5 - Mojca Drevenšek, Open Education for a Better World and Consensus (Slovenia)
For more information see:
- iEnergy project.
- European Horizon2020 NEWCOMERS project.
- Our Energy.
- University of Nova Gorica master's in Leadership in Open Education.
Tanya Spilovoy, Director of Open Policy, WCET
Tanya Spilovoy is the director, open policy at WCET. Spilovoy leads the National Compacts OER Initiative which focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in compact regions, states, systems, and higher education institutions. Previously, she served as the director of distance education and state authorization at the North Dakota University System and has taught online and face to face. She is the co-creator and instructor for SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Program. Spilovoy received her B.A. in English from Union College, M.A. in Education from Hamline University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.
Neil Butcher, OER Strategist, OER Africa and Director, Neil Butcher & Associates
Neil Butcher is based in South Africa, from where he has provided policy and technical advice and support to a range of national and international clients regarding educational planning, uses of educational technology, and distance education. He has worked with various educational institutions (including UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning), assisting with transformation and research efforts that focus on effectively harnessing the potential of distance education methods, educational technology, and OER. He works with OER Africa as the project’s OER Strategist and is also currently consulting to the World Bank on a range of project activities across several African countries and in Asia.
Paola Corti, OE Community Manager, SPARC Europe
Paola Corti has been working in distance learning since 1998. She is a passionate advocate for Open Education and has advocated for OER adoption in her university, Politecnico di Milano. As OE Community Manager at SPARC Europe, she works with the European Network of Open Education Librarians, passionate professionals who work toward implementing the UNESCO OER Recommendation by facilitating access to OER and encouraging their production and dissemination. A member of the CC OpenEdu Community since its inception, Corti strongly believes in the link between social justice and Open Education and its ability to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4, "Quality Education for All."
Mojca Drevenšek, Communications Consultant, Consensus (Slovenia) and OE4BW Hub Coordinator
Mojca Drevenšek is an energy literacy enthusiast, an experienced communications consultant, and a passionate connector, working to motivate natural science, social science, and engineering experts to openly share their knowledge and raise awareness about energy issues among key stakeholders. She consults with energy sector corporate clients and leads communication activities for international research projects like the European Horizon2020 project NEWCOMERS. Drevenšek is passionate about Open Education and is currently enrolled in the Master's program Leadership in Open Education at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. She is part of the Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) both as a developer and as a Hub Coordinator, supporting the achievement of Energy, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Living related goals.
Paul Stacey, Executive Director, Open Education Global
Paul Stacey is a global education leader with over 40 years’ experience. Since 2018, he has served as executive director for Open Education Global. Previously he worked at Creative Commons where he helped organizations and creators around the world adopt open licensing practices, led support for the $1.9 billion Open Educational Resources Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program of the US Department of Labor, and led creation of the Creative Commons Certificate program. Prior to Creative Commons, Stacey helped found BCcampus for British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education and led an Open Education Resources development program, which provided grants to British Columbia’s universities and colleges to create for credit courses and degrees with open shareable resources.
Sadia Afroze Sultana, Professor, Bangladesh Open University
Professor Dr. Sadia Afroze Sultana joined Bangladesh Open University (BOU) in 1998. She served as dean of Open School, BOU from 2012 to 2016 and elected vice chairperson of Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA) from 2014 to 2016. Afroze Sultana has been involved in the Commonwealth of Learning-sponsored projects regarding women empowerment, ODL, and OER movement in Bangladesh and contributed to the development of OER and Quality Assurance Policy for BOU. She is a global network member of Creative Commons, USA and a Creative Commons facilitator. She regularly writes in different journals on ODL, OER, women empowerment, and nuclear physics.