WE ARE ANNOUNCING

call for participation 2019/20

Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) is an international online mentoring program, supporting the development and implementation of freely accessible modules and resources – open educational resources, or OER as they are called, that include and address at least one of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Call follows the first two cohorts of the OE4BW program where 49 Open Educational Resources (OER) projects were developed by 49 participants under the supervision of 67 mentors, coming from 25 countries from all over the globe.

So far, the developers and mentors were regionally coordinated by Hub leaders in the following three Regional Hubs:

  • Africa and Europe Hub,
  • Asia and South Pacific Hub,
  • North and South America Hub.

In this year’s OE4BW Call, a new, topic-oriented SDG7 Hub (i.e. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) is added.

FORMS

HOW TO APPLY?

Candidates for developers with concrete ideas for open resources aligned with the SDGs are invited to apply by 15 November 2019 with the application form for developers.

Candidates for mentors are invited to apply by 2 December 2019 with the application form for mentors.

CANDIDATES

WHO CAN APPLY ?

The program is open to all candidates with a concrete idea, clear motivation and strong commitment to develop and deliver with students 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. However, as an entry requirement for acceptance to the program, candidates will have to complete a short online module Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER) by 2 December 2019. The module duration is 2 hours. Interested candidates would need to sign up for the course and there is no cost.

NO FEE

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.

SELECTION

When and how are the participants selected?

Accepted proposals will be selected by 22 November 2019 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. Up to fifty (50) candidates will be chosen to be guided online towards the implementation of their course.

PLAN

How will the work be done?

The program will take place from 16 December 2019 to 3 July 2020. 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 2019 and June 2020. 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 2020 and May 2020 where they can gain new skills and ask specific questions about OER, the SDGs and their projects.

The program will close with an Open Education Design Workshop organized in the Lanthieri Mansion in Vipava, Slovenia, taking place from 29 June 2020 to 3 July 2020. At the workshop, 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 workshop, preferably on-site (several travel grants will be provided), or through an e-platform.

TESTIMONIALS

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.

Naomi Wahls, OE4BW mentor

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.

Chrisi Nerantzi, OE4BW mentor

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!

Mojca Drevenšek, OE4BW developer

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.

Deepa Verma, OE4BW developer

Overall, the program was very rich, whether from the expertise or the policy point of view, while the organisers succeeded in creating a warm atmosphere for creative brainstorming and exchange of knowledge. Nineta Hrastelj, OE4BW developer

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.

Rohan Gavankar, OE4BW developer

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!

Alisher Abidjanov, OE4BW developer

A dream come true … Incredibly magic moments!

Annapurna Madhuri, OE4BW developer

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.

BFA 2018/19 student in a MOOC developed by Verena Roberts, OE4BW developer