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the application process
WHO CAN APPLY?
The program is open to all candidates with a concrete idea, clear motivation and strong commitment to develop and deliver an open online course or other large-scale open resource (e.g., an open textbook) aligned with the SDGs. There are no limitations regarding the education or professional background of candidates. The applicants for developers will have to complete a free online 4-5 hours long course on OER available at the Commonwealth of Learning website (registration is required) as an entry requirement to join the OE4BW programme. The OER projects will be chosen based on: their social impact, maturity of the idea for the course, estimation of the project feasibility. The final selection will be done based on a on-line interview.
Is there any participation fee?
There is no participation fee. This is only possible because the program is run entirely on a voluntary basis. There will be no financial compensation for the work of participating developers, mentors, hub coordinators and organizers.
When and how are the participants selected?
Accepted proposals will be selected by beginning of December based on their compatibility with SDGs, social impact, maturity of the idea, capacity and commitment of the author to make the idea become realized. Candidates will be matched with mentors according to the compatibility of the project proposal and mentor’s expertise.
How will the work be done?
The program will take place from January to July the following year. Projects will be grouped into hubs by geographical or topical criteria.
The participants will have regular online meetings with their mentors and hub coordinators. The participant’s role will be to design and deliver (implement) their course or resource between December and June the following year. Participants are expected to prepare their OER as a full course (or element of a course if it is an open textbook) prior to the final workshop (see below).
Participants and Mentors will be invited to a monthly webinar (webinars will be recorded) about aspects of OER design and delivery between January and May where they can gain new skills and ask specific questions about OER, the SDGs and their projects.
The program will close with an OE4BW Eduscope. At the event, participants will receive additional feedback on their OER prototypes and will work in groups to enhance them further. All participants are expected to present their design and delivery results at this event.
Where can I learn more about Open Education and OER?
Here are some suggestions:
Commonwealth of Learning
University Library System
YouTube channel on OER
Open Education Design: Course for Practitioners 2018
Open Education Design Workshop 2019
TU Delf Online Learning Hub
what our participants have to say
The Open Education for a Better World cares about the participants’ opinions, comments and feedbacks: actually, they are the main and most important testimonials of our work. Find out what our mentors, developers and their students experienced and what were the benefits of participating in the OE4BW mentoring programme.
So excited to be part of such an amazing program that benefits mentors and developers. We all learned a lot in the process, particularly how to work on a culturally diverse project with mentors and developers residing on different continents providing different perspectives. Each year it is incredible to see all the new projects and meet the experts passionate about the topics they are sharing with the world.
It has been a fascinating journey of collaboration and discovery with two indivicuals from two different countries and continents whom I didn’t know in advance of the project. A really positive and fruitful collaboration… I learnt a lot and we achievend a lot in just six month.
The OE4BW program has inspired the project idea to establish an open, global, collaboratively-generated knowledge platform to strengthen energy literacy and support the SDG7. The iEnergy project, developed in the 2019 OE4BW program proved that the global, energy-related open education movement is on its way. I’m proud to be part of it and excited about the future OE4BW’s topic-specific SDG7 Hub!
OE4BW has developed a greater sense of responsibility in me as an educator and has given me a new insight about how I can make use of my ideas and knowledge to reach to the masses and be a real educator in its truest sense.
The OE4BW workshop was awesome. The warmth and care was felt at every step maintaining the professional structure of the workshop. I would like to convey my sincere thanks to the entire organising team, technical team and all the speakers.
I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to organisers for establishing such a great network and promoting such important issue all around the world!
A dream come true … Incredibly magic moments!
The last four projects have touched beyond my school life and into all aspects of who I am as a person. This includes everything from my social skills, to my ability to carry meaningful conversations about real topics, it’s expanded my curiosity, advanced my learning techniques, as well as driven me to share and collaborate with everyone around me.
Jožef Stefan Institute
Centre for Knowledge Transfer in
Information Technologies (CT3)
Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana
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