The regional consultation for the Pacific on Open Educational Resources (OER) was held in Auckland from 29 to 30 May 2017. It was the final consultation in a series of six regional consultations on the role of OER in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, held between December 2016 and May 2017.
Senior officials, professors and civil society representatives from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Slovenia, as well as officials from UNESCO and the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, participated.
The Honourable Mr David Collins, Kiribati Minister of Education took an active part in the consultation, which called for a people’s movement in OER in the Pacific. Language diversity, culture, indigenous community knowledge and climate change vis-à-vis OER were some of the issues discussed. The consultation emphasised that OER can be economical and efficient, lead to effective learning outcomes, and help in addressing Sustainable Development Goal 4.
The regional consultations are being organised by COL, in partnership with UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia with the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation, in the lead up to the 2nd World OER Congress. The 2nd World OER Congress is scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 18–20 September 2017. The Pacific regional consultation was generously co-hosted by the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
COL is also conducting surveys for governments and stakeholders in order to establish a global understanding of national OER development.
For more information on the regional consultations on OER and/or to contribute to the survey, visit rcoer.col.org. Reports on previous regional consultations are made available as finalised.