An Open Syllabus from OE4BW for Teaching the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

                                        OE Global 2021 

An Open Syllabus from OE4BW for Teaching the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

Rapporteur: Seema Sharma PhD Education, Former Assistant Professor Manav Rachna University, currently DGM operations DH Lighting Faridabad, India.
Presenter: Jennifer Miller& Geoff Cain
Day - 27th September through 1st October
Language: English
Session: Building Capacity
No. of Participants: Interactive participants -2, views -149, users -2, likes- 2, Replies -6
Countries of Participation: U.K
Profile of Participants: Biodiversity conservation educator; OEG Staff member.

Participants’ Talk Observation
Participant is happy about the choice of project taken into consideration and utilization of existing OER. Being OEG Staff one of the participants is well aware with the concept of OER and certification terminology. According to her it has a good scope for the community colleges students and instructors and experts in the science field. (Una Daily)
Another participant is curious to know the ways how it can disseminate among conservationists. Besides this she is keen to know how H5P is being utilized for interaction. (Lucy Tallents)
About Presentation
The presenters are envisioning to create a local open science community that spans the globe. The project undertaken for this purpose is a part of OE4BW. A 15week open syllabus for a course introducing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science has been adapting the open syllabus template of the Creative Commons Certificate Program. The main features highlighted about the syllabus are:

 It will facilitate open sharing of scientific knowledge and help in achieving SDG’s

 Open science principles and open practices are imperative and contemporary scientific institutions along with Scientists-in-training must adopt at the earliest.

 Scope of the course is designed is primarily for an audience of early-career researchers, ranging from upper-division undergraduates to 7-10 years post-PhD in the sciences, social sciences, and science communication.
 The syllabus includes readings, discussion themes, and rubrics.

 Currently the presenters are looking for partners to teach or co-teach courses.
 The syllabus will commence from Spring 2022.
 Syllabus material is available on OE4BW MI Team and wikiversity.
 35 pages draft is openly licenced and available at no cost.
 For content already existing OERs have been utilised.

Positive Points about focal areas: It is a good initiative to meet SDG and quite helpful in developing knowledge community which is the need of the hour.
The syllabus describes assignments, formative assessment and rubrics in detail and makes it convenient to implement.
Technology Requirement: Practitioners and participants must be well acquainted with platform for effective functioning and achievement of objectives.
Challenges: Accessibility of internet and handling platform is quite challenging.