Together, a collaborative open picture book

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A cross-generational picture book that talks about the values of open education. The story is about three friends who went on an adventure down the river to build a playground. On their way they meet other animals who seem to put obstacles in their way. Read the story to discover what happens next.

The book has been created by a group of individuals from different parts of the world who worked together online over 6 months. They also had the help of many other educators from around the world who generously contributed their ideas and the characters of the story also originate from their contributions. All committed to creating a socially just world where education is available to all. Values such as sharing, collaborating and helping others are central to this mission of what is called open education and will help towards achieving the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goal 4, “Quality Education for All”

Some may recognise other stories and fairytales in this story. The illustrations are a remix of details of exhibits from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, available under CC0 and new illustrations.

The story is available in multiple languages. Get in touch to find out more.

This project was enabled and supported by a Global OER Graduate Network (GOGN) Fellowship in 2020.

We are grateful to the wider open education community and the GOGN team for their valuable support and critical feedback during the making of this book.

The picture book team: Nerantzi, Chrissi; Pulker, Helene; Bentley, Penny; Corti, Paola; Roberts, Verena; Fransman, Gino; Frank, Odysseas; Mathers, Bryan, Frank, Thanassis.

The picture book team won the Open Innovation Award in 2021 awarded by OEGlobal.

Nerantzi, C., Pulker, H., Bentley, P., Corti, P., Roberts, V., Fransman, G., Frank, O. and Mathers, B. (2021) Together (Versions 1, 2). Zenodo.

Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN)

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Contributed by: Chrissi Nerantzi (Twitter: @chrissinerantzi)

Language: English

License: CC-BY-NC