The 2012 World Congress on OERs <http://www.unesco.org/oercongress> will be held at UNESCO HQ in Paris, France from 20 – 22 June 2012.
This Open Educational Resource (OER) Congress is being organized by UNESCO in full partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (USA).
The aims of the Congress are to:
- Release the 2012 Paris Declaration;
- Showcase the world’s best practices in OER policies, initiatives, and experts;
- Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 UNESCO Forum that coined the term OER.
The Congress aims to encourage more governments to adopt policies that include OER and will bring together Ministers of Education/Human Resource Development, senior policy makers, expert practitioners, researchers and relevant stakeholders.
It is a 2-part event with an official negotiation component by UNESCO Member States and selected invited organizations and individuals negotiating the text of the 2012 Paris Declaration, and an open exhibition of OER practices and workshops and seminars.
Sir John Daniel, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, and Project Director for the World Congress, summarizes the purpose of the Congress and all the progress work to date at:
Live web-streaming of the World OER Congress will start from 09:00 on Wednesday 20 June and stop on Friday 22 June.
Also at the 2012 World OER Congress, a parallel Open Seminar & Exhibition (OSE) will be held to provide an opportunity to civil society organizations, academia, and individual experts to present their OER initiatives. More than 70 experts from all over the world will be presenting high-impact OER initiatives.
The OSE will be live-streamed and a digital moderator has been engaged, who will accept questions to pose to the presenters via Twitter and Identica, using #oercongress.
The OSE will run from 10am – 6pm CET GMT+2 from Thurs 21 – Fri 22 June. Registration to the Open Seminar and Exhibition is available at www.unesco.org/oercongress.