The UNESCO Recommendation on OER is the only existing international standard-setting instrument on OER and is the culmination of the collaborative efforts from a variety of stakeholders.
The Recommendation has five main calls to action:
- Building the capacity of stakeholders to create, access, re-use, adapt and redistribute OER;
- Developing supportive policy for OER;
- Encouraging inclusive and equitable quality OER;
- Nurturing the creation of sustainability models for OER; and
- Promoting and reinforcing international cooperation in OER.
Globally, the Open Education Consortium (OEC) promotes, supports, and advances openness in education around the world. OEC “envisions a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the high quality education and training they desire; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good.”
In Canada, strides have been taken to promote open education across the country. Funding for these initiatives remain at a provincial level and vary greatly between provinces and territories. We are proud to be part of a community of organizations making Canadian post-secondary education more accessible, like BCcampus, eCampus Ontario, Creative Commons Canada, and the Rebus Foundation. In order to facilitate the OER discussion nationally, BCcampus created Canada OER, where individuals working in the field of open education come together, give updates and work to find ways to collaborate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join the working group.