Name of coalition: Koalicja Otwartej Edukacji – KOED
Leading organization: Centrum Cyfrowe, Modern Poland Foundation
Contact to experts:
Kamil Śliwowski - chairman
He teaches, advises and helps non-government organizations and institutions to publish open resources and teachers, librarians and trainers find and use them in their work. He runs the blog www.otwartezasoby.pl, contributes Creative Commons Poland and The Open Education Coalition. Daily works at the Katalyst Education Foundation, which creates open resources and educational tools.
37 members, including NGOs, universities, and national and regional cultural institutions.
Three working groups on Open Education, Open Science and open access, Open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums).
The goal of KOED is to build, promote and conduct activism in support of Open Educational Resources. The Coalition is responsible for shaping and promoting open education in Poland.
Key policy goal is the introduction of an open licensing policy for all publicly-funded educational resources.
Focus of activities:
Currently, after the change of government in 2015, we are focusing our policy work on rebuilding relations with key government institutions and making sure they keep the commitment to support OERs.
OER policy work will continue with advocacy around the new OER program and the Educational Network. Our overarching goal is to promote legislative change that will introduce open licensing of all public educational resources.
Ongoing networking and capacity building work within the Coalition, with the focus on an annual conference of Coalition members.
Update on national OER activities:
In 2015, the open e-textbooks program was launched by the government. The program includes an online, state-of-the-art platform with 60+ modular textbooks for K12 education, covering the whole core curriculum.
For the last several years, a range of public grant programs in the fields of education, culture and heritage, and developmental aid, have been introducing open licensing requirements. The Coalition has involved in designing and implementing these policies.
In 2015, an open licensing requirement was introduced into European Social Fund (ESF) funding, a major source of funding for educational projects through 2020, with a budget of over €40 billion. Any educational resources created with ESF funding will be made available as OER.
In 2016, the government adopted a progressive Open Data strategy, implemented by the Ministry of Digital Affairs.In 2017, the government will develop a new set of open resources, focused on vocational training and foreign language teaching.