Open Collaboration Award: OE4BW


University of Nova Gorica & UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning at Jožef Stefan Institute
Nova Gorica, Slovenia

OE4BW is an international online mentoring program supporting the development and implementation of freely accessible modules and resources for online education on topics with social impact according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Proposals for the projects of OER development are collected with a global call. Accepted proposals are selected based on (1) their compatibility with SDGs, (2) social impact, (3) maturity of the idea, (4) capacity and commitment of the applicant to make the idea come true. In the continuation, selected applicants are supported on-line for six months by experts in OER design volunteering as mentors. Mentors are invited with a follow-up global call.

During the project development, the progress is being regularly followed and advice is given if needed. Developers and mentors communicate online on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis. There are also two interim checkpoints planned to provide information about the progress to the organizers of the program. At the end of the program, the participants are obliged to prepare a presentation for the final event. They are invited and supported to come to the closing event to attend a workshop on OERdesign, exchange ideas, meet other OER developers and establish potential future cooperation.

The initiators (Tanja Urbančič, Mitja Jermol, Anja Polajnar) developed the international online mentoring programme Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW), which has been designed to unlock the potential of Open Education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Initiators also manage the programme, which provides an innovative approach to building Open Educational Resources, connecting developers of educational materials with experts volunteering as mentors.

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Congratulations to OE4BW! Happy to see this much deserved award going to the folks who envision and organize this global collaboration. As mentors and developers, this project has provided rich and reciprocal learning,as shared in our OE Global presentation - Mentor as Facilitator, Catalyst and Guide for Protege Development with Open Educational Practices (OEPr) in Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) projects
Helen DeWaard, Rekha Chavhan, Sanjivani Mahale

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Congratulations amazing team and wonderful project to support!

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Thank you all - this is our joint effort. Go to https://oe4bw.org/ and apply for 2020/2021 round as mentor or applicant and become a part of it.

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Hello All,

would you like to check all the video presentations from our OE4BW final events at the Videolectures.NET platform:

For all of you who would like to be actively engaged in the OE4BW 2021 program, there is still a chance! Please find the OE4BW application for mentors and developers here https://oe4bw.org/application/.
The applications will be open until November 30, 2020.

Wonderful @AnjaP, Thank you for sharing this opportunity! :+1:

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Many congratulations team!
@AnjaP thanks a ton for sharing the opportunity.

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