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SIRikt International is a policy driven event at the 2nd World Congress on Open Educational Resources in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 19th September 2017.

Government of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and  Joint Research Centre (Seville), European Commission, UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning, National Education Institute Slovenia, Academic Research Network Slovenia (ARNES) would like to take the opportunity it has been created by the activities in Open Education and OER to bring together policy makers from Ministries of Education in most UNESCO Member States, European Commission, UNESCO and other experts from educational public institutions, universities, intergovernmental organizations, NGO’s, companies, youth organizations etc. (formal and non-formal education).

The aim is to discuss further some aspects of policies and practices on OER and Open education at both, national and regional levels within the perspective of the forthcoming UNESCO Recommendation in OER, and European Commissions strategy for quality education for all, a high-level European Agenda to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution in education and training.

The event will address the Congress “from commitment to action”. UNESCO Member States will have the opportunity to engage and comment strategies, define challenges and motivations and create plan to open up education in schools, higher education and lifelong learning. The event requires registration and can be followed via the hashtag #oercongress on Twitter.

End results:

  • Discuss the “operational” policy recommendations, issues and solutions of Ministries of Education in adopting OER and Open Education
  • Showcase the European Commission’s policy agenda and portfolio of work in Open Education form research into action (JRC Seville)
  • Raise awareness and identify partnerships and actions that need to be done to enhance activities in OER and Open Education via UNESCO, EU and other communities
  • Recruit partners for the “Dynamic Coalition of Member States in OER and Open Education”.

Tuesday, 19th September 2017                                                       UNESCO OER Congress Day 2


– 15:30



Formal and non-formal education – “Make them equally accredited and recognised”

Chair: Jurij Krpan (art director, Galerija Kapelica in Ljubljana)


· Claudia Paller (Federal Ministry of Education Austria)
· Andreia Inamorato dos Santos (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
· Konstantin Scheller, European Commission
· Zdenka Čebasek, Medical Chamber of Slovenia
· Louise Mason, Professional Learning Designer (Self-employed, Australia)
· Airina Volungeviciene, EDEN president

Moderator: Nives Kreuh, National Education Institute Slovenia


–  16:00

Coffee Break


– 17:30

Panel discussion

 How to implement different digital competence frameworks?


· Yves Punie (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
· Katja Engelhard (Mentep project, EUN Schoolnet)
· Claudia Paller (Federal Ministry of Education Austria)

 Moderator: Nives Kreuh, National Education Institute Slovenia


  • Top-down perspective:
    • Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Government of the Republic of Slovenia (MIZS) as the main organiser of the 2nd World Congress on Open Educational Resources, the main policy maker for education in Slovenia and member of OpeningupSlovenia. MIZS has a strong agenda in Open Education, Open Learning Environments, OER and skills creation. It will make sure to disseminate the idea of “Opening up Member States” to all governments including the 195 UNESCO Member States and Commonwealth of Learning 52 Members
    • European Commission, Joint Research Centre: presenting new policy recommendations and research in Open Education and the Openness agenda in Europe that can be reused in all UNESCO Member States
  • Bottom-up perspective: OpeningupSlovenia members[1] , National Education Institute Slovenia, ARNES - Academic and Research Network of Slovenia.

[1] OpeningupSlovenia members http://www.ouslovenia.net/steering-committee/

In 2012, the 1st World Congress on Open Educational Resources was held in Paris. The Paris Declaration was adopted on this occasion and has been used as the basis for developing OER activities in many countries. Today it represents the driving force of awareness raising for OER policies all over the world.

In October 2013, the European Commission published a communication Opening Up Education. One of the four areas is also “A concerted effort to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution” for building bridges across all stakeholders involved in education[1].

In 2014, Slovenia decided to implement the document and become the first EU Member State that fully embraced open education. It designed a top-down and bottom-up initiative called OpeningUp Slovenia[2], an attempt to create a blueprint for countries in the region and around the world to adopt the open approach via developing, deploying, testing, evaluating and sharing good practices in open education with everyone. OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses - free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Through the perspective of a government, OER has positive and negative constraints and is only one of the mechanisms in optimising countries educational offer, and part of a larger portfolio of valuable mechanisms that we call “Open Education”. Slovenia has been trying to understand on a national level how and whether it makes sense to mainstream OER and Open Education, and how to mainstream such an effort into all the mechanisms - from funding to curriculum implementation and teacher training.

[1] Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions Opening up Education: Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational Resources

[2] OpeningupSlovenia website http://www.ouslovenia.net/

  1. Parliament

Let’s make formal and non-formal education equally accredited and recognised!

The Parliament is an event in the form of a discussion, where two opposite sides present arguments why the motion should be accepted or rejected, exposing valuable viewpoints of advantages and disadvantages (pluses and minuses) when we are making important decisions.

A motion, given to the parliament, is Let’s make formal and non-formal education equally accredited and recognised. On the stage there will be six enthusiastic experts, who will present their professional and fun arguments, taking two different sides, trying to persuade the audience to accept or reject the motion. At the end of discussion, the motion will be put to vote.

Participants of the SIRikt International conference, invited by the Chair of the parliament, will be able to take part in the discussion, too.

  1. Panel discussion

How to implement different digital competence frameworks?

Panellists will present different digital competence frameworks in few minutes and come up with the valuable suggestions of how to implement them in practice, or share the good practice of the existing national implementation. The audience will be invited to participate in the discussion.

Main organizer email: Borut.Campelj@gov.si