The UNESCO OER Recommendation

OE Global played an leading role in drafting the UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Recommendation which was unanimously adopted on November 25 by 193 UNESCO member states at the 40th UNESCO General Conference.


Within the recommendation comes the definition of OER as

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

Are you trying to understand what the UNESCO OER Recommendation means to you?

Ask here.

Do you seek help implementing or interpreting the recommendations? Here is a place to request suggestions.


Here’s a diagram I created to depict the 5 action areas of the UNESCO OER Recommendation.

Seems timely to gather more conversation here about the UNESCO OER Recommendation.

Maybe we can urge OE Global members and this community to take part in the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) OER Advocacy Committee Survey.

The ICDE OER Advocacy Committee (OERAC), promoting and supporting the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on OER across the globe, has prepared the following survey in which you are invited to participate. The OERAC would like to gather feedback from ICDE stakeholders, members and partners about the status of the UNESCO Recommendation’s implementation globally, in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please respond to the survey below, which should take you at least 30-40 minutes, by 31 July 2020.

Take the survey

Fantastic diagram Paul. Thank you!

Thanks Jane, glad it was useful.