Using open education practices across the Mediterranean for intercultural curriculum development in higher education

Katherine Wimpenny, Fabio Nascimbeni, Saida Affouneh, Ahmed Alkamari, Isidro Jariego, Ayman Eldieb

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    This multinational authored article presents the findings and recommendations of a three-year, European-funded project ‘OpenMed: Opening up education in South Mediterranean countries’, which brought together five higher education partners from Europe and nine from the South Mediterranean region. This was the first cross-European initiative to promote the adoption of Open Educational Practices (OEP) within higher education involving educational institutions in each of the countries. A three-phase project design included gathering and analyzing case studies of OEPs globally, and, in particular, in the South Mediterranean; the organization of regional forums to encourage priorities for change; and the multi-national design and pilot implementation of a ‘training of trainers’ course for academic capacity building in OEPs as part of curricula reform. We will discuss how the cultural approaches used among experts and project partners with different national, linguistic, and educational backgrounds have instigated change in policy and practice at a personal, institutional, and national level.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-69
    Number of pages16
    JournalTeaching in Higher Education
    Issue number1
    Early online date27 Nov 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Teaching in Higher Education on 27/11/2019, available online: 10.1080/13562517.2019.1696298

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    This work was supported by the European Commission Erasmus+: Higher Education – International Capacity Building Programme, under [Grant Agreement Number – 2015–3166/001-
    001] and Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union [Project number:
    561651-EPP-1-2015-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP] (October 2015–October 2018).


    • Open education practices
    • dewesternization
    • higher education
    • intercultural
    • international collaboration

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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