OER Workshop

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Draft OER Workshop Report

Open educational resources (OER) are an Internet empowered worldwide community effort to create an education commons. These resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses re-mix, improve and redistribute. Open educational resources include:

  • Learning content: full courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
  • Tools: Software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Educational_Resources )

Opening Educational Resources in Nepal: Rationale: -

For a truly educated society, content and capacity are all equally important. This requires a rich digital knowledge base, partnership among government, civil society and private sector for the development or localizing the relevant content - preferably in national and local languages. Also awareness and skill to access these contents and ability to contribute towards it can develop a truly educated society. Recent advancement in Free and Open Source Software movement has taken a shape of revolution in freedom movement in the cyberspace. And acronyms like Open Content, Open Educational Resources (OER), Creative Commons, GNU General Public License or the GNU Free Documentation License have become a common name in the ICT arena. Nonetheless many stakeholders from civil society, government and media are not aware of the importance of these Open Educational resources and how it could be an enabler to their effort bring education for all in the society. There are several concerns that should be raised, discussed, answered and build new skills, capacities and partnership for further collaboration.

In this context, The Center for Open Sustainable Learning (COSL) (http://cosl.usu.edu/) and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community (http://fossnepal.org/) is jointly organizing a one day workshop on Opening Educational Resources in Nepal: Localizing content, disseminating knowledge at Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhokha, Lalitpur, Kathmandu.

Goal and Objectives:

Goal: To build a consortium for Open Educational Resource in Nepal


  1. Identify players for OER in Nepal and understand their initiative, activities, challenges and realities.
  2. Foster relationship with these players
  3. Buildup a Consortium for OER in Nepal

Question to be addressed:

  1. Who are the key players in localization and dissemination of the Open Educational Resources in Nepal?
  2. What are the different initiatives in Open Educational Resources in Nepal?
  3. How could these key players and different initiatives compliment each other for Open Educational Resources in Nepal?
  4. What are the key challenges/hurdles in incorporating technology into rural educational development?
  5. What are the actions/initiatives required to localize/enable Open Educational Resources Content/tools available worldwide?
  6. What could be the mechanism to disseminate these Open Educational Resources (Localized/Original) in these communities?
  7. What steps/initiatives are required to empower grassroot people to use/access these Open Educational Resources?
  8. More coming soon…

Methodologies to be adopted:

The workshop will be a platform to showcase emerging open education initiatives and to explore ways to better create, share and evolve open educational materials. It will provide an interactive environment for dialog among the participants to foster relation and share experiences. It will also be participatory in nature and encouraging to participants to raise their issues and ideas for further discussions and collaboration. The dynamics of the workshop will be strengthened using different knowledge sharing approaches such as:

  1. Speed Dating
  2. Speed Geeking
  3. Open Space Technology
  4. Wiki News Desk


Participants in the workshop will consist of people from varies civil society and other organizations working on the themes of the workshop from Pakistan. The workshop will be good mixture of 30-35 participants belonging to different sectors: · Government agencies · NGO Representatives · Development Activists · Media · Academicians · IT professionals · Content developers.

Program Agenda

Workshop on Opening Educational Resources in Nepal: Localizing Content, Disseminating Knowledge

PROGRAM AGENDA : May 25, 2007

This Agenda is in preparation/discussion phase. Your input/suggestion/comments are most welcome



9:30 -11:00 AM

Registration & Semi-formal Inauguration Session

[MC: - Youth Community member / FOSS Volunteer / Facilitator ]

  • Sharing Experiences/Challenges faced by Rural Community in education sector: Community Member (7-8 Mins)
  • Introduction to Workshop, COSL and its activities : Ms Tiffany Ivins (7-8 mins)
  • Introdution to FOSS Nepal Community & FOSS initiatives (7-8 Mins)
  • Special address by: Dr. Subarna Shakya, Excecutive Director, NITC and Advisor FOSS Nepal Community (10-12 mins)
  • Special address by: Mr. Manohar Bhattarai, HLCIT Full Time Member (10-12 Mins)
  • Keynote address Dr. David Wiley, Director, The Center for Open Sustainable Learning (15-18 Mins)
  • Address to Guest and participants: Ms. Shirstee Gurung (10-12 Mins)


11:00 AM -11:30

Tea Break


11:30- 1:10 PM


  • 11:30 -11:40 AM --> Introduction (Speed Dating)

Speed Geeking

  • 11:40 - 11: 50 AM --> Introduction to Speed Geeking
  • 11: 50 - 12:20 PM --> Speed Geeking Session (Max 6 Speed Shared/ 5 Mins Each Session)
    • YMRC : Ms. Ramita Shrestha
    • SEEP : Ms. Helen Sherpa
    • COSL: eduCommons: Ms. Tiffany Ivins
    • LTSP: Mr. Shishir
    • FOSS Content Initiatives (Wikipedia, Sixyadaan, OLPC, Samvad): Mr. Sagun
    • FOSS Technical Initiatives: (Nepalilinux in communities: ENRD, MPP) : Mr. Paras, Subir, Basanta

Open Space Open Space "Building Consortium on Open Educational Resources in Nepal" Focus statement for Action oriented debate (There could be max 4 parallel session at one time at four station)

  • 12:20 - 12:30 PM --> Introduction of Open Space
  • 12:30 - 12:40 PM --> Opening Statement (Focus Statement)sharing
  • 12:40 - 1: 10 PM --> Agenda Setting in Market Place


1:10 -2:00 PM

Lunch Break


2:00 -3:30 PM

Open Space "Building Consortium on Open Educational Resources in Nepal" (There could be max 4 parallel session at one time at four station)

  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM --> First Parallel session takes place
  • 2:30 - 3:00 PM --> Second Parallel session takes place
  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM --> Third Parallel session takes place


3:30 -4:00 PM

Tea Break


4:00 -500 PM

Cross Fertilization & Concluding Session

  • 4:00 -4:45 PM Roaming Wall OR Idea shared in Open circle (Way ahead for the Consortium on OER in Nepal)
  • 4:45 - 5:00 PM --> Concluding remarks from Dr. David Wiley, Director, The Center for Open Sustainable Learning

About Organizers:

Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (COSL)

COSL is part of the Department of Instructional Technology at Utah State University in Logan, UT. The Center is believes that all humans beings are endowed with a capacity to learn, improve, and progress. Educational opportunity is the mechanism by which they fulfill this capacity. Therefore, free and open access to educational opportunity is a basic human right. When educational materials can be electronically copied and transferred around the world at almost no cost, there is a greater ethical obligation than ever before to increase the reach of opportunity. When people can connect with others nearby or in distant lands at almost no cost to ask questions, give answers, and exchange ideas, the moral imperative to meaningfully enable these opportunities weighs profoundly. Hence center believes that we cannot in good conscience allow this poverty of educational opportunity to continue when educational provisions are so plentiful, and when their duplication and distribution costs so little. The center brings these differences through of mix research, development, and teaching.

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community

FOSS Nepal Community is established by the team of those enthusiastic people who believe in the usage of Free/Open Source Software. The prime target of FOSS Community Nepal is to promote and diversify the usage of Free/Open Source Software in the country.

  1. To raise awareness among government bodies, private sector, civil society, educational institutions and media for expanding the scope of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) via Free and Open Source Software.
  2. To sensitise government bodies, civil society and media for the implementation of E-Governance by means of FOSS; the optimal solution for E-Gov.
  3. Advocacy for Alternatives in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) specific to ICT.
  4. To enhance the capacity of IT professionals by promoting inclusion of Free and Open Source Software in educational system and providing platform for IT Professional to make them Globally saleable.

Reporting the Workshop

Draft OER Workshop Report