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Sunday, April 30 • 13:30 - 15:00
A Bottom-Up Approach to OER Policy Development: The Case of School Education Systems in Sri Lanka, Botswana and Cameroon /OER in lesser used languages/A Journey to Openness in Bangladesh: Enablers, Achievements and Challenges

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Access to relevant learning resources is an important aspect in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all as outlined in SDG4. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has identified the development of OER as a potential answer to these challenges. A total of 29 provincial OER policies and guidelines were drafted in Sri Lanka, Botswana and Cameroon closely involving the provincial policy makers for school education. This session aims to share how this bottom-up approach was used to ensure wider advocacy for OER and the increased uptake/ownership from a larger number of policy makers/implementers spread throughout these developing countries.

The session will highlight provincial OER policy development activities in Sri Lanka, Botswana and Cameroon. The champions in each country will share their experiences in advocacy, sensitization and development of draft OER policies/guidelines for the school education system in their respective countries. I will use pre-recorded video clips of 10 minutes each for the champions to share their experiences. They will highlight the challenges faced in approaching the most rural of regions in their respective countries to advocate the use of OER for schools as a potential solution for the lack of textbooks. I will be speaking for approximately 30 minutes providing introductions, sharing resources and concluding. 

More information regarding the activities can be found at http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/2386 , http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/2437 and http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/2672

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Ishan Abeywardena

Adviser: Open Educational Resources, Commonwealth of Learning
A computer scientist by training, I have keen research interests in the technological aspects of OER, eLearning, MOOC and ODL. My technical interests include sentiment analysis, text mining, software development and mobile application development. Currently, I’m in the field of... Read More →
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Mostafa Azad Kamal

Dean, School of Business, Bangladesh Open University/CC Bangladesh
ABOUT ME!I am a Professor in International and Development Economics. I am currently working as the Dean of the School of Business at Bangladesh Open University. My core area of work is International and Development Economics. I also work as an instructional designer in ODL, Elearning... Read More →
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Batbold Zagdragchaa

Public Lead, CC Mongolia
My main professional interest: OER development in the Global South and in non-dominant languages. Researcher at ROER4D.org network.

Sunday April 30, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 EDT
Cabbagetown Room