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OGP Open Education Commitments

Open Education

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The goal of this resource is to track commitments made as part of OGP National Action Plans (NAPs) that relate to Open Education. This list will be updated and expanded over time, as new commitments are published or identified. For more information on each of the commitments, we encourage you to visit the various National Action Plans, which are linked below and can be found on the OGP website here.

Brazil

  • Brazil commits in their 3rd National Action Plan to establish a new model for assessing, purchasing, fostering and distributing Digital Educational Resources (RED), in the context of digital culture through incorporation in educational policy. The aim is to create opportunity for continuous utilization and adaptation of digital educational resources, as well as recognize and value the plurality and diversity of Brazilian education. While this commitment does not explicitly mention open education or open licensing, it references the principles of openness, including by prioritizing “continuous use and adaptation” of resources.

Chile

  • Chile’s 3rd National Action Plan (Spanish) includes a commitment entitled “Open Educational Resources for Civic Education,” through which the Library of National Congress commits to openly license a set of resources to support Digital Citizenship education under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. These include a curricular framework, lesson plans, an evaluation system, and a teacher training module.

Greece

  • Greece’s OER commitment in their 3rd National Action Plan aims to create a publicly accessible digital library populated with OER. In accordance with the open education efforts already being led by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, their commitment also aims to create a new procurement process allowing for school manuscripts and other educational resources at all levels of education to be Creative Commons licensed, and educate students and teachers on open education more generally.

Romania

  • Romania’s OER commitment in their 3rd National Action Plan supports the creation of the Virtual School Library, a publicly accessible digital library populated with OER. With the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research (MENCS) taking the lead, they will create the technical support, collect materials, assign a license for the library, and draft and adopt a national strategy for the library’s development and the use of OER in the public education system.

Slovak Republic

  • The Slovak Republic’s 2nd National Action Plan included a chapter titled “Open Education,” which includes an extensive set of commitments. The plan includes commitments to map existing educational resources and repositories at the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport to identify materials that can be openly licensed under CC-BY and stored in existing repositories. The financial impacts of openly licensing existing educational resources will also be assessed. The Slovak Republic also made commitments to analyze current procurement processes of educational resources in primary and secondary education and pilot a new procurement process to identify possible barriers to publishing under an open license (CC-BY).
  • The Slovak Republic’s 3rd National Action Plan builds upon the broad range of OER commitments outlined in its 2nd NAP. Unique among other OER commitments is their commitment to analyzing the possibility of applying a standard CC-BY public license for selected works published in the Central Registry of Theses and Dissertations. Further they also commit themselves to working with partners who have provided educational resources after 2008 to the Ministry or to its directly managed organizations, with a suggestion to make educational resources available under a CC-BY license. The Slovak Republic has also committed to encourage translation or dubbing of freely available educational resources into the state language or minority languages.

Spain

  • Spain’s 2nd National Action Plan (Spanish) includes a commitment on OER by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport. The commitment seeks to encourage bot the sharing and the use of educational resources, to ensure that materials created with public funds are accessible to all. Actions include the development of a common repository for storing OER, and the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

United States

  • In an update to the 2nd National Action Plan, the United States included three OER commitments as new open government initiatives: to raise open education awareness and identify new partnerships, pilot new models for using OER to support learning, and launch a $25 million open online skills academy. These commitments required participation from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy and were aimed to utilize and help recognize best practices.
  • The United States’ 3rd National Action Plan included a commitment to expand access to educational resources through open licensing and technology. Building on their initiatives outlined in their previous National Action Plan, the U.S. made a commitment to openly license more Federal grant supported education materials and resources. The U.S. also made a commitment to publish best practices and tools for agencies interested in developing grant-supported open licensing projects, detailing how they can integrate open licensing into projects from technical and legal perspectives.

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