03.11.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Training workshop on conceiving and creating Open Educational Resources in Djibouti

Training on creation of Open Educational Resources @UNESCO

A three day teacher training workshop on the conception and creation of Open Educational Resources was carried out in Djibouti, with the production of four projects on OERs.

The Center for Research, Information and Production of National Education (CRIPEN) hosted, from 22 to 24 October 2017, a training workshop that enhanced skills in Open Educational Resource (OER) development in Djibouti. Thirty teachers, researchers, trainers and pedagogical supervisors attended the training from the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, in the presence of several other dignitaries, opened the training and encouraged participants to understand the concept of OER and to cascade the knowledge in producing more OERs in Djibouti.

The workshop tackled the fundamental principles of OERs as enshrined in the OER Strategy for Djibouti. The participants shared experiences to improve teaching through OERs, find OERs and integrate OERs into courses corresponding to specific learning objectives. During the workshop, participants also learned to develop OERs by using Free and Open Source Software. Participants stressed the importance of the training “The training was short but really good, we learned to assimilate the techniques of uploading online didactic content "a teacher researcher said. Another teacher also highlighted the importance of using existing OERs as many resources exist in OER repositories.

The improvement of teaching with OERs is achieved through research, its familiarization and its use. Thanks to the three-days training session, new types of OERs were found, discussed and adopted to the context of Djibouti and participants were enthusiastic about the opportunities that OERs offer in teaching and training. Mr. Omar Youssouf, from CRIPEN participating in the workshop, stated that "the training sparked among trained, at least for those from CRIPEN, the willingness to use the acquired skills to work together on the development of OERs". As an immediate output of the training OERs were produced on French, natural sciences, OER Introduction for teachers and database development. Participants will refine the resources that will be used in teaching and learning in Djibouti.

This activity is a direct follow-up to the Paris Declaration on OERs calling on governments to openly license all educational materials produced with public funds. Supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (USA), UNESCO is working with several governments to implement dynamic and relevant policies to guide and recognize teachers and learners to find, adapt, use, develop and share Open Educational Resources.

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