As part of the Open Knowledge Festival, taking place next week in Berlin, we are organizing a session on OER policies. If you’re in Berlin for the festival and have an interest in open policies – please join us!

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The session is titled Open Educational Resources and Policy: Overview and Synergies with Fellow Open Movements. The goal of the session is to present policies in support of open education. While policies have been an important matter during Open Knowledge Festivals in the past, educational issues have until recently not been at the heart of the Open Knowledge movement. This has changed last year with the founding of the Open Education Working Group – nevertheless, we hope to demonstrate the significance of OER policies and also demonstrate synergies with policies for open data or open access and more broadly open science.

I am happy that I will be joined at the session by a great team of open educational policy experts, including Nicole Allen from SPARC, Delia Browne from the Australian Schools’ National Copyright Unit, Melissa Hagemann from Open Society Foundations and Tim Vollmer from Creative Commons. If you’re interested in OER policies, or are doing policy work in other fields and are interested in talking about synergies, please join us on Wednesday, July 15th at noon.

The open education theme will continue at 14.00 with the Open Education Smörgåsbord. The session is co-organized by members of the OKFN Open Education Working Group, led by Marieke Guy. The session is meant as an opportunity to do some hands-on work around open education issues.

At one of the five tables, we will be „Making OER policy crystal clear” – in a quick sprint, we’ll make an infographic explaining what OER policies are about: what are the basic rules and standards? who benefits from them? and in what way?

Other tables will work on best practices kits for teachers, open data for education, Q&A section for the Open Education Handbook and open courseware tools. You can read more about the session here and here. And since we’d like to have a real Smörgåsbord – please consider bringing some snacks with you (at best traditional / local ones from your country). The session will take place on Wednesday, July 15th at 14.00.