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The power, potential, and problems of open education for sustainable development- presented by Nick Baker and Mark Lubrick

March 5, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 5:20 pm BST

Open education can be a powerful contributor to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), but it requires a carefully considered approach to avoid compounding existing inequalities or contributing further to sustainability challenges with the rapid implementation of digital tools with questionable sustainability. Open Educational Practices (OEP) and Open Educational Resources (OERs) can contribute to expanded learning about each of the SDGs, making knowledge available to a wide audience. OERs can also directly contribute to SDG 4 (Quality Education), removing barriers to access. The 2019 UNESCO Recommendation on OER challenges educational institutions to support the transformation of education for sustainability by leveraging digital OER ecosystems and committing to a new social contract with high quality, inclusive, and sustainable education available to all the world’s citizens. While some universities have started to actively engage with this concept, there needs to be a rapid acceleration and universality to this work that considers both local and global impact.

This session will explore how open educational practices can support sustainable development, surface some of the challenges to this goal, and discuss possible ways forward.


March 5, 2024
5:00 pm - 5:20 pm
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