Keynote Speakers

AAOU2020 Conference will feature the panel discussion and invited keynote speakers who will address the conference theme of “Opening minds for a sustainable future: Re-orienting ODL to surmount challenges” . This theme relates to the concept of holistic and transformational education as defined by UNESCO and address the Education 2030 Agenda of UNESCO, targeting Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aiming to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Our invited keynote speakers have been carefully selected to ensure a diverse mix of ideas, perspectives and backgrounds as we explore the sub-themes underpinning the conference.

Panel Discussion

Title: The OER Recommendations have been adopted - what next?

Panel Discussion organised by ICDE
Duration: 1.30hrs


The UN UNESCO OER recommendations for Future International Collaboration in the field of Open Educational Resources (OER) was adopted by 195 UNESCO member states at the November 2019 session of the UNESCO General Conference (25th November 2019).

To support the adoption of the OER Recommendations UNESCO has among the member states launched a Dynamic Coalition to support the implementation and the monitoring and reporting of these UN UNESCO OER recommendation.

ICDE strongly supports these milestones offering opportunities to advance open education around the world and has organised a panel discussion on what happens next. The main consideration for the panel discussion participants is what role civil society organisations and universities can play to support member states of UNESCO in the implementation of these recommendations.

Resource Persons