Defining and Developing ‘Enabling’ Open Education Policies in Higher Education

Javiera Atenas, Leo Havemann, Virginia Rodés, Igor Lesko, Paul Stacey, Maria Feliu-Torruella, Ellen Buck, Tel Amiel, Davor Orlic, Cristina Stefanelli, Daniel Villar-Onrubia

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    Open education (OE) aims at increasing educational access, effectiveness and equity. The 2019 UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Recommendation calls on governments and educational institutions to create enabling policies. Such policies should aim to foster open educational practices in a wide sense, including creation and use of OER. Key elements of OE policies are identified: capacity building; learning accreditation/credit transfer; access and inclusivity; diverse access to knowledge; platform governance; and fostering a culture of
    openness. OE policies, whether standalone or incorporated into a wider openness policy, should be designed to cohere with other policies addressing open content and practices.
    This brief seeks to promote the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders in institutional policymaking process via a co-creation approach. Co-creation of policy enables stakeholders’ voices to be heard, supports shared understanding and ownership of policy goals, while also ensuring policy is relevant and fit for local purposes, contexts and communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
    EventUNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022 - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 18 May 202220 May 2022


    ConferenceUNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022

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    • Open education
    • Open Educational resources
    • Education policy
    • Higher education


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