UNESCO Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing

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The term “open educational resources” was first adopted for the first time at UNESCO’s 2002 Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries. The forum was convened following MIT’s high-profile and revolutionary push to create “Open Courseware.” (Hopefully you, as a wonderful studious learner, have already read the previous section of this book where we touched on that.)  In order to garner popular support for this new area of education and increased collaboration, several representatives came together in Paris to hold the forum. Hundreds of delegates from many countries and higher educational institutions attended the forum.

Key Points

Because the forum focused on collaboration across institutions, countries, and cultures, many of the key points center around synergistic action verbs.

Discussion Questions

  1. Take a look at the breakdown of countries who attended the forum.  How may the country demographics have an effect on the development of open courseware?
  2. How do differences in culture affect the purpose and implementation of open courseware?

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