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UPT experience in the UNESCO guide on open education

UPT experience in the UNESCO guide on open education

UPT experience in the UNESCO guide on open education

22 May 2020






Under the aegis of UNESCO (Institute for Information Technologies in Education - UNESCO IITE and International Research and Training Center for Rural Education - UNESCO INRULED), coordinated by the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University (SLIBNU), the Guidance on Open Educational Practices during School Closures: Utilizing OER under COVID-19 Pandemic in line with UNESCO OER Recommendation guide was published on May 18 and supports teachers everywhere, with examples of practices and open educational resources (OER / Open Educational Practices, OEP), according to the UNESCO OER Recommendations.

It is the first guide on Open Educational Resources (RED) to be published after UNESCO launched the Dynamic Coalition for OER on May 2. Three academics from Timisoara contributed to its writing, Diana Andone, Ph.D., director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University Timișoara, professor Carmen Holotescu, Ph.D., dean of the Faculty of Engineering and director of the Center for Open Education and Blockchain, within „Ioan Slavici” University în Timișoara and associate professor Gabriela Grosseck, Ph.D., West University in Timișoara.

Out of the 12 published case studies, which were carefully selected from hundreds of examples from around the world, two are from Romania. The university study presents the activity carried out by the UPT eLearning Center for the promotion of open education, the development of educational resources, the development of the UPT Virtual Campus and the Romanian MOOC (massive open online course) platform UniCampus.

The guide, published under open licenses and particularly useful in the teaching and learning process, as well as in developing new educational strategies, can be consulted at: https://iite.unesco.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Guidance-on-Open-Educational-Practices-during-School-Closures-English-Version-V1_0.pdf

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