:sync: UNESCO OE4BW Online Mentoring Programme towards Connecting Global Open Education Community and Realizing Sustainable Development Goals

Authors: Sandeep Patil, Prof. Chandrakant Baviskar
Institutions: Azad College of Education, Satara (M.S.), India, School of Educational Science, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded (M.S.), India
Country: India

Topic: Global Collaboration, Strategies, & Policies in Open Education
Sector: Lifelong Learning
UNESCO Area of Focus: Facilitating int cooperation
Session Format: Presentation


Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) Online Mentoring Programme from UNESCO’s Chair on Open Technologies for Open Learning and Open Educational Resources is working towards the realization of the potential of open education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Academicians through OE4BW programme have been passionately collaborating for designing, development and deployment of quality OER to support and promote open education. This paper aims to study the contribution and prospects of OE4BW programme towards the promotion of open education and realization of SDGs. The paper implicates analysis of experiences and views of OER developers, mentors and hub-coordinators from OE4BW community along with those of beneficiaries of OER developed under OE4BW programme. Content analysis of OER developed is also a crucial part of it along with the interviews of OE4BW initiators so to realize their opinions as well. Personal reflections of researchers as developers and mentors of this programme are also a part of this study. This has led to observations about the significance of OE4BW in terms of its worth as an emerging player in open education and addressing SDGs. This study throws light on the prospects of OE4BW through suggestions from the stakeholders. It offers propositions regarding designing, development and deployment of OER under this programme emphasizing the needs, aspirations and strengths of participating countries. Above all, this study shows how OE4BW programme is addressing UNESCO OER recommendation of facilitating International cooperation towards open education and attainment of SDG and how it can advance in future.


1. UNESCO OE4BW Online Mentoring Programme, 2. Global Open Education Community, 3. Sustainable Development Goals, 4. Open Educational Resources

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Presentation available here: OE4BW_ Sandeep Patil, Chandrakant Baviksar et.al.-2.pdf (1.5 MB)
Introductory presentation on OE4BW available here: OE4BW_presentation_OE Global_online-4.pdf (1.7 MB)

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