On november 2018, representatives from countries in the region and invited experts met at CAPES in Brasília to discuss the state of and the promotion of Open Educational Resources (OER) within MERCOSUL and and Latin America. One of the objectives of the meeting, coordinated by the UNESCO representation in Brazil, was to discuss recommendations to governments in the region and an action plan that could be conducted collaboratively in light of a set of common principles to advance OER regionally.
On the last day of the event, with the leadership of Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič – Ex-Minister of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia, participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay, and specialists took part in a workshop and collaborative writing activity to create Recommendations to governments and an Action plan focused on the needs, perspectives and demands of the region.
The final document is available in Portuguese (PDF):
Since the meeting took place a number of activities have taken place (numbers below relate the document), which have helped strengthen the proposed collaborative action plan. These include:
(2) Expansion of the Open Education Initiative (IEA) which began in Brazil, with the development of IEA-Colômbia. The IEA model is focused on multistakeholder promotion of open education policy, among other activities.
(5) Identify courses and material focused on professional development in OE and OER in Latin America (UnB/Brazil) leading to a competency framework for and design for professional development and OER in light of the OER Declaration (UNESCO). Building a Specialization course on Open Education (420 hours; partnership between the UNESCO Chair at UnB and UDELAR, Uruguai with support from CAPES/Brazil).
(6) Promoting and strengthening a regional mentor group on OE/OER in partnership with Slovenia’s OE4BW, with the first regional hub coordinators for South America (Chile/Brazil).