Webinar 22 Online Conference Summary, Bridging Activities, and OEGlobal 2022 In-Person Conference in Nantes France

The OEGlobal 2021 Online Conference concludes Friday 1-Oct-2021. This webinar provides a wrap-up summary of the online conference, kicks off bridging activities, and invites you to the OEGlobal 2022 Conference taking place in-person 23-25-May-2022 in Nantes France.

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Wrap-up Summary of the OEGlobal 2021 Conference

Colin de Higuera and Igor Lesko (10 min)

Bridging Activities

The conference planning committee has designed a number of “bridging activities” that build on progress made in the online conference and keep that momentum going into the in-person OEGlobal 2022 conference.

Here are some of the bridging activities planned for your participation:

OEGlobal Open Education Awards for Excellence

Marcela Morales (10 min)

For the past ten years OEGlobal has annually given out awards for excellence. Awards are usually announced in a special ceremony as part of the annual conference. This year we are announcing the Open Education Award for Excellence for UNESCO OER Implementation during this wrap-up webinar. The other 2021Awards for Excellence winners will be progressively announced over the months of October and November leading to a special ten year anniversary celebration of the awards on 7-Dec-2021. The awards directly correlate to the UNESCO OER Recommendation by showcasing the people and initiatives that are leading the way. More details in OEGlobal Open Education Awards for Excellence post below.

UNESCO OER Recommendation Annotation Activity

Alan Levine (15 min)

In partnership with Pressbooks and Hypothes.is OEGlobal is pleased to be hosting a UNESCO OER Recommendation Annotation bridging activity. This activity invites the global open education community to add annotations to the UNESCO OER Recommendation (all six official language versions). The primary purpose of the annotations is to aggregate and compile useful resources, exemplars, insights, and strategies that can be used to advance implementation of the Recommendation around the world. Authors of annotations highlight and link their annotation to relevant text in the Recommendation. We will kick this activity off during this webinar and continue it right through to the in-person congress. More details in UNESCO OER Recommendation Annotation Activity post below.

UNESCO OER Recommendation Action Area Explainer Videos

Paul Stacey (5 min)

The UNESCO OER Recommendation has five action areas. We are crowdsourcing from the global open education community videos that explain each of the five action areas and highlight their importance. More details in UNESCO OER Recommendation Action Area Explainer Videos post below.

OEGlobal 2022 Conference in Nantes France 23-25-May-2022

Colin de Higuera, Melanie Pauly Harquevaux (10 min)

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OEGlobal Open Education Awards for Excellence

The OEGlobal Open Education Awards for Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education community, recognizing exemplary leaders, distinctive Open Educational Resources, and Open Projects & Initiatives.

The Open Education Global is honored every year to recognize the newest recipients of the Open Education Awards for Excellence, whose work reflects the outstanding achievements and shared wealth of the open education community. It’s been a tradition to announce and celebrate winners during the OE Global conference and this year is no exception.

However, 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the Open Education Awards for Excellence and we are planning things a bit differently. Winners will be revealed progressively and by categories, leading to a closing celebration on December 7th, 2021.

It’s been 10 amazing years of rising with excellence. Ten years of growing, learning, sharing, and collaborating with this wonderful open education community. Come and celebrate with us!

Announcement of winners:

  • Sep 27- Oct 01: UNESCO OER Implementation Award, during OEGlobal conference
  • Oct 15: Open Assets Awards
  • Oct 30: Open Practices Awards + Resilience Award
  • Nov 15: Individual Awards
  • Dec 07: 10th Anniversary celebration event

UNESCO OER Recommendation Annotation Activity

This annotation activity engages the global open education community in becoming familiar with the UNESCO Recommendation on OER, and enrich it by adding annotations related to each of the five action areas of the Recommendation. It provides everyone with an opportunity to position their own open education work within the context of the Recommendation and to learn from the work of others. Annotations supplement the UNESCO OER Recommendation with practical advice from the field adding valuable lessons learned and insights.

This effort has been made possible with our partners Pressbooks and Hypothesis.



The process of annotation will create a focused, curated dialogue around the Recommendation and build community as annotators publish, read, and comment on each other’s annotations. Ultimately, the annotation activity aims to engage the entire global open education community in helping each other implement and advance the UNESCO OER Recommendation.

Authors of annotations highlight and link their annotation to relevant text in the Recommendation.

Practical annotations are invited to identify:

  • Models, frameworks and other strategies that support adoption and use of OER
  • Existing OER resources, policies, practices, and pedagogies
  • Tools, technologies, and infrastructure that supports OER development, distribution, and stewardship
  • Research and reports on open education impacts
  • Communities and professional development related to OER
  • Global organizations that support adoption and implementation of OER
  • Sessions that took place during the OEGlobal online conference (and other open education conferences)

Commentary and analysis annotations are invited to:

  • Identify needs associated with implementing the Recommendation
  • Describe challenges and how to overcome them
  • Summarize state of the art in a particular part of the world
  • Explore the ways in which implementation of OER differs around the world
  • Unpack OER for K-12 vs OER for higher education or lifelong learning
  • Suggest new ideas and approaches not documented in the Recommendation

We are making all six language versions of the UNESCO OER Recommendation (openly licensed CC-BY as per UNESCO’s open access policy) available in a Pressbooks site. While we could have annotated directly on the UNESCO official version (where all versions are within a single PDF), we felt it was more manageable to separate them. But more importantly, in the Pressbooks format, we can make the annotation tools directly available rather than relying on using browser extension tools.

Hypothes.is is a free, open-source social annotation technology regularly used by educators. It adds an annotation layer to any public web page or document. To participate in social annotation conversations, start by creating a free Hypothesis account.

All you need to start annotating is to use or create a free account on Hypothesis. The entire Hypothesis sign-up process will take less than one minute. In fact, you will be able to log in or create an account directly in the Pressbooks version.

Also, please note that Hypothesis is not a social network and does not collect any personally identified information except for an email address. Additionally all public annotations by default are licensed Creative Commons CC0.

For an introduction and practice with Hypothes.is annotation, see this asynchronous interactive activity created for the conference.

Annotate the Recommendation on OER Now!

You can find a preview of our Pressbooks version of the Recommendation on OER ready for annotation at https://oer.pressbooks.pub/oeg2021/

If you are familiar with Hypothes.is you can start in by annotating the language version of your choice :

A Look of the Annotation Process

You know Hypothes.is is enabled if you see in the top right corner a gray button with a < symbol. Also, sections of the page highlighted in yellow indicate the presence of existing annotations by other people as well as the numbers in the right side scrollbar.

Upon opening the tools via the < button you see the annotation tools and read existing notes previously added. If you are not logged in to Hypothes.is, you can do it here and even create an account if you have not done so already.

We added an annotation to the first heading as more of a welcome. You can write replies to existing annotations

And as an example of one small value of this tool is that every annotation you make is available as a unique web address. Open this note in context of the source document,


How does one annotate? Just select a phrase or word that you would like to add a commentary, question, a reference, a link to something seen here at the conference. Hypothes.is offers right there a choice to add a note as annotation or to simply highlight for your own reference.

Choosing Annotate opens a small composition window. You can add text, make hyperlinks, even insert image or media.

As an example see the annotation added here that references a presentation at this conference.

We ask that you add tags for annotations done during OEGlobal 2021, using oeglobal21 (and any others that you think will help connect ideas).

Tagging this way can create a dynamic link to all annotations done in response to the OEGlobal 2021 conference

Also you should see that all public annotations are automatically licensed under Creative Commons CC0 (learn more…)

Note as well that as you actively annotate you build up a collection of all your notes across all sources (example) – this is a powerful tool for any researcher!

This conference space has accumulated a huge amount of public knowledge, examples that can help provide insight and meaning to the Recommendation on OER-- now we ask you as conference attendees (and the open education community) to light up this version of it with annotations.

Start here

References and Examples

UNESCO OER Recommendation Action Area Explainer Videos

The UNESCO OER Recommendation is a fairly dense document organized into five action areas each with their own set of recommendations. OEGlobal put out a call for help creating short videos to explain each of the five action areas and their importance to open education.

In response, Paola Corti coordinated with female colleagues who are all working on an ERASMUS + project called The Fostering Women to STEM MOOCs (FOSTWOM) to record a video for Recommendation Action Area 1 - Building Capacity.

Video participants include:

  • Paola Corti, Project Manager at METID Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Valeria Baudo, Project Manager at METID Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Ana Moura Santos, Faculty member of the Department of Mathematics, Técnico de Lisboa, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Charlotta Nilsson, Teacher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden
  • Virginia Vega Carerro, Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration and Management at the Universitat Politècnica de València Spain
  • Astrid Rosso, Igénieure pédagogique et Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Paris, France

FOSTWOM is using the inclusive potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to propose STEM subjects free of stereotyping assumptions on gender abilities. The consortium is interested in attracting girls and raise the number of young women that pursue careers in science and technology. gender-balanced STEM MOOCs.

This wonderful explainer video in multiple languages serves as a model for what we hope will be other explainer videos for the remaining four OER Recommendation action areas.

We invite all of you in the global open education community to help create these videos.

How do you do this? Simply :arrow_heading_up: reply to this post expressing interest and specifying which action area you want to address. We will be in touch, and will coordinate the creation of videos, modelled on the one Paola and her colleagues produced.

Here are general guidelines for shooting the video.

Congrats All. Though I couldn’t participate fully as hoped, me, my colleagues will take time study materials and still send inputs with regards to OER particularly for Prisoners Education across African. Cheers.

When annotating I try to read paying attention to phrases or a sentence that jumps out to me as to something I might question, comment, or know of a reference to add (what my colleague Gardner Campbell called “nuggets”).

This process is nicely summarized in OEGlobal activity on the Open Umbrella (this is worth spending some time with!) by Derek Moore (aka @Weblearning)

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