UNESCO hosted the 2012 World Open Education Resources (OER) Congress at its Headquarters in Paris, from 20 to 22 June 2012 to lead the debate on the development of OERs worldwide, with the participation and support of global governments, educators, NGOs and prominent universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Congress aimed at:
- releasing the 2012 Paris OER Declaration;
- showcasing the world’s best practices in OER policies and initiatives; and
- celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 UNESCO Forum that coined the term Open Educational Resources (OER).
Open educational resources (OER) are any type of educational materials in the public domain, or released with an open license, that allows users to legally and freely use, copy, adapt, and re-share. OERs present a strategic opportunity to improve the quality of education as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building.
The Congress brought together Ministers of Education/Human Resource Development, senior policy makers, expert practitioners, researchers and relevant stakeholders to discuss what works and what won’t work, and to agree on a Declaration with a set of targets for a 2015 World Conference.
Croatian representative at the Congress was Zoran Bekić, PhD., director od SRCE.