Three Days of Focus on (and Annotating of) the Inclusive & Equitable OER Action Area

In the continued effort to draw attention to the Five Action Areas of the UNESCO Recommendation of OER, we are launching another Three Days of Focussed Annotation May 3-5, 2022 on the Encouraging Effective, Inclusive, and Equitable Access to Quality OER Action Area of the UNESCO Recommendation on OER .

As we have done previously , the three-day frame is just a frame in which we will be promoting for activity. As the act of web annotation is open and asynchronous, you are invited to contribute notes before and after these dates.

Why Annotation?

We see web annotation as an opportunity to position our open education work by attaching notes in the Recommendation and to learn from the work of others. Attached to specific words of the Recommendation, annotation offers practical examples of supportive policy from the field, critical discussions, and insights from a global perspective that can be applied to future implementation strategies for the Recommendation.

It brings a layer of conversational ties to relevant words in the document. [By linking directly this section of the Recommendation (Hypothesis annotation for you can perhaps see the benefit of attaching notes and resources to specific words and phrases

This part of the document has a few notes, but other parts are lacking them. And all notes can be added to with replies- we can have conversations right here inside this document.

Yellow marks represent words in this action area with existing annotations

We hope to collectively expand on the meaning and application-specific words of this section of the OER Recommendation, and be able to share both examples of inclusive and equitable access to OER as well as where the gaps are, plus to dissect further what this kind of access includes.

Learn more about this effort and how to annotate

Watch a five minute Loom screencast where I attempt to explain and demonstration what we are doing for this event:

Encouraging Effective, Inclusive, and Equitable Access to Quality OER is…

… much more than unlocking doors, correct?

Unlock the Access flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Questions to respond to via annotation might include:

  • What is needed to develop a global pool of culturally diverse, locally relevant, gender-sensitive, accessible, and free OERs in multiple languages and formats?
  • How do we ensure effective, inclusive, and equitable access to quality OERs?
  • Who does this affect?
  • Why is this important?
  • What are the larger implications?
  • What is currently being done to provide inclusive and equitable access to OER? Where is it happening? What are examples of these kinds of OER?
  • What are the challenges or roadblocks to implementing these recommendations?
  • What needs to / can be done now and farther into the future?
  • How can these ideas be implemented at national, regional, and global levels?

Our suggested ways you can approach annotation include:

  1. Dialogue with existing annotations (click on the yellow highlighted portions of the text) and add a reply that adds useful commentary, examples, or more questions.
  2. Add a specific resource / example. You may know of a relevant paper, presentation, or project that can be tied to the Inclusive and Equitable Access to Quality OER action area. Scan the wording of this part of the Recommendation to find the most relevant place to attach your note. Select the text, click the Annotate button that appears, and enter it into the interface
  3. Look for phrases that stand out for you. As you read this part of the recommendation closely, look for words that suggest notes you can contribute to, e.g. under 13 (d). the words provide increased access to OER may remind you of a research study that documented increased access or the phrase or words within particularly for low-income, rural and urban communities might suggest specific projects that addressed access to OER in low income and/or rural communities.

Reply to this post (see button below) to generate discussion around these questions and/or post them as annotations to relevant phrases in this action area of the Pressbooks version of the Recommendation .

Background on this Action Area

The Recommendation on OER describes the Encouraging Effective, Inclusive, and Equitable Access to Quality OER action area as:

supporting the adoption of strategies and programmes including through relevant technology solutions that ensure OER in any medium are shared in open formats and standards to maximize equitable access, co-creation, curation, and searchability, including for those from vulnerable groups and persons with disabilities;

More specifically Article 13 suggests:

Member States are encouraged to support the creation, access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution of inclusive and equitable quality OER for all stakeholders. These would include those learners in formal and non-formal education contexts irrespective of, inter alia , age, gender, physical ability, and socio-economic status, as well as those in vulnerable situations, indigenous peoples, those in remote rural areas (including nomadic populations), people residing in areas affected by conflicts and natural disasters, ethnic minorities, migrants, refugees, and displaced persons. In all instances, gender equality should be ensured, and particular attention paid to equity and inclusion for learners who are especially disadvantaged due to multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.

Prepare for the Three Days of Focus

  • Watch the UNESCO Dynamic Coalition webinar on “Encouraging quality, inclusive and accessible OER” (January 22) featuring a panel of educators from Europe, and Australia

In These Three Days…

  • Reply Here to the questions above about this action area. What questions do you have? What do you know that might be relevant to contribute as examples?

  • Annotate the part of the OER Recommendation about Access to Inclusive and Equitable OER – these links below opens to an annotation for this section of the document with an invitation to contribute more to this area, specifically to the six points below Article 13.

  • Annotate Together 2022-05-03T15:00:00Z2022-05-05T17:00:00Z Drop into the OEGlobal Annotation Lab via zoom to annotate together in real time and discuss with colleagues what we are doing.

The Magic Picnic – Behind the Scenes flickr photo by BRICK 101 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license remixed by Alan Levine with screenshot of OER Recommendaion and relevant logos

Participate in any way that works for you, we just hope to enrich the text of the Recommendation with a global perspective on the current implementation of Inclusive and Equitable OER and its relationship to expanding the reach of OER and Open Education in general.


This is great, Alan! Just the kind of “spur” this horse needs to contribute to this important work. :slight_smile: I’ll be sure to participate.

Thanks as always Judith for your responses to calls for action here.

I hope in the process it is clear that adding a note is a small task, maybe as simple as attaching a URL or a short comment. There ought to be much from the CCCOER community to contribute to this specific action area.

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Alan, as promised, I have annotated and added a few replies throughout the document. I hope these small contributions may prove helpful.