#onlinetogether - The Practical Use of Open Educational Resources. UNESCO recommendations.

Webinar #onlinetogether - Practical use of Open Educational Resources. UNESCO recommendations

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In these times of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, just like in other countries, face-to-face educational functions and activities are being moved online, using apps, platforms and various tools for distance education.

In the Online together webinars, we respond to these challenges, in the most practical way possible, in the spirit of open education and free access to knowledge. Participants received an Open Badge (Open digital certificate) - Online together.

Over 2,500 teachers from Romania attended the event dedicated to good practices of use and integration of open educational resources (OER-RED) in education, hosted and moderated by the Politehnica University of Timisoara. Both the presenters and the guests shared their practical experience related to the use and integration of OER-RED and offered recommendations to participants in undergraduate and academic education.

The event was a real success, with over 3000 registrations, with comments, opinions, and dozens of questions asked during the 2 hours, being broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook. It is part of the #onlinetogether webinar series - launched by UPT through CeL and meant to support teachers in transferring education from campus to online.

Towards the end of the event, the presenters, along with the guests and participants, launched a conclusion: Collaboration between teachers and institutions and a concrete visionary structure is the best way to succeed!

The team that presented this webinar worked together to develop the guide launched in May 2020: Guidance on Open Educational Practices during School Closures: Utilizing OER under COVID-19 Pandemic in line with UNESCO OER Recommendation, the first guide published under the auspices of UNESCO, meant to come in support of teachers everywhere, with examples of uses of practices and open educational resources (OER / Open Educational Practices, OEP), according to the UNESCO OER Recommendations.

Now, it is also available in the Romanian Ghidul pentru aplicarea Practicilor Educaționale Deschise în timpul pandemiei de coronavirus. Utilizarea Resurselor Educaționale Deschise în conformitate cu Recomandările UNESCO” was translated and adapted into Romanian by Dr. Diana Andone - Politehnica University of Timișoara, Prof. Carmen Holotescu -“ Ioan Slavici ”University of Timișoara and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gabriela Grosseck - West University of Timişoara.

See Dr. Diana Andone's presentation at the #onlinetogether webinar: The Practical Use of Open Educational Resources. UNESCO recommendations.

See the presentation of Prof. Carmen Holotescu from the #onlinetogether webinar: The Practical Use of Open Educational Resources. UNESCO recommendations.

See the presentation by Gabriela Grosseck from the #onlinetogether webinar: The Practical Use of Open Educational Resources. UNESCO recommendations.

See Dr. Ahmed Tlili's presentation at the #onlinetogether webinar: The Practical Use of Open Educational Resources. UNESCO recommendations.

See Liviu Constandache's presentation from the #onlinetogether webinar: The Practical Use of Open Educational Resources. UNESCO recommendations.

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Watch the webinar recording below:


Dr. Diana Andone - director of the e-Learning Centre, Politehnica University of Timisoara

Dr. Diana Andone (@ diando70) is the director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timișoara, with responsibilities in the planning and implementation of distance learning and the integration of the use of online educational technologies for all forms of education, through the UPT Virtual Campus - CVUPT . Dr. Andone is a lecturer in multimedia and web technologies, with an intense research activity at international level through various projects with European funding and multiple publications (with over 17 books, 80 scientific papers, 11 Best paper Awards). Passionate about the use of technologies in everyday life, Diana promotes the use of open resources OER and MOOCs, developing UniCampus - online courses in Romania. Dr. Andone is strongly involved in the activity of the scientific community through various management functions of international associations EDEN (Vice-president), IEEE Romania, IEEE CS TCLT, but also by supporting the activity of the regional community of start-up and innovation, cultural and social responsibility.

Prof.dr.eng. Carmen Holotescu - „Ioan Slavici” University of Timișoara

Carmen Holotescu is a Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Engineering, Director of the Center for Open Education and Blockchain part of the „Ioan Slavici” University of Timișoara, Romania with a PhD on new technologies and open education. She has participated in many European projects and has a rich experience in designing and implementing learning and collaborative platforms based on open pedagogies. She has written over 100 articles and chapters/books related to eLearning/Blended Learning, Social Media, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Blockchain, mentioned in more than 1,500 citations. She is an online certified instructor of the University of Maryland University College, USA, facilitating for 12 years online courses at this university.

Conf. Dr. Gabriela Grosseck - West University of Timişoara

Dr. Gabriela Grosseck is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology of the West University of Timișoara, Romania. With a large experience in the use of ICT in education (teaching, learning, and research), she is particularly concerned with the training of students and teachers, both in face-to-face and online environments. For over a decade she has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Informatics in Romania. Author of numerous articles in the field of e-learning she has a sustained presence as a speaker at different international events, organizer of workshops, or member of different editorial committees (journals and/or conferences). Her research interests cover the main aspects of open education (OERs / OEPs and MOOCs), Web 2.0 tools and social media applications in higher education, and, more recently, the education for durable development.


Dr. Ahmed Tlili is director of the OER Laboratory at the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University (SLIBNU) and an expert at the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology. He is the Co-Chair of the IEEE Special Interest Group on "Artificial Intelligence and Smart Learning Environments" and the APSCE Special Interest Group on "Educational Gamification and Game-Based Learning (EGG)". His research interests include open education, game-based learning, educational psychology, and artificial intelligence.

Violeta Daniela Nedelcu is a teacher of Romanian language and literature at the “Diaconu Coresi” School in Brașov, a graduate of the Aspire Teachers program (2016), practicing online learning and teaching since 2016, with the stated goal of changing mentalities and perceptions.She has written over 100 articles on best practice models and other topics of interest for education: equity, non-formal classroom, classroom values. She founded the club “Inspiration for school” in 2017, during which she organized non-formal learning events for teachers at the Center of Excellence for Children and Youth of the Brașov County Library, in collaboration with Melania Luana Butnariu. On the educational blog https://pearipilefanteziei.wordpress.com/ she posts original didactic scenarios and aspects of her activity. Violeta Daniela Butnariu is a trainer at the workshops with teachers: “Imagination and the architecture of learning” https://www.superteach.ro/vorbitori/violeta-daniela-nedelcu/; with parents, based on the book "Unconditional Parenting" by Alfie Kohn; with high school students: "Self-discovery".

She initiated meetings with teachers, which she called “Pedagogical Readings”, which take place at the Children and Youth Library - Brașov, on the principle that together we read and debate the reality in school and find solutions to innovate and collaborate. Her motto is: "Education accompanies me on the path of my becoming, which intertwines with the becoming of my students, astonishing us, asking questions, thinking, enlightening the world together."

Melania Luana Butnariu is a training librarian at the George Baritiu County Library - Brașov, Center of Excellence for Children and Youth. Graduate of ASE - Bucharest, Law - Brasov, postgraduate studies at the University of Bucharest, and a master's degree in quality management.

She participated, initiated, and implemented a series of national and international projects, library services, thus bringing the Brasov library and, why not, even the libraries in Romania, to the level of renowned libraries in culturally developed countries.

She coordinates groups of public librarians and school librarians from the country and abroad, in innovative projects that add value to this profession.

She collaborates with teachers everywhere, with whom, through non-formal education and with the help of various strategies, she attracts young and old to books, to reading.

She doesn't like to write about herself, about what she does, but others have done it, appearing with good practice in magazines from the Middle East - Tunisia, Ivory Coast, New Zealand, Vancouver - Canada, Hatay, Ankara, Istanbul - Turkey, Veliko Tarnovo - Bulgaria, Odense - Denmark, Madrid - Spain, Republic of Moldova and Romania.

The quote that represents her is: The non-inventive librarian is like a car without a motor (Lidia Kulikovschi, director of the Municipal Library “Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu” - Chișinău, Republic of Moldova).

Liviu Constandache is an expert in the integration of digital technologies in education, co-coordinator of the only public policy on the use of ICT in education in the undergraduate system. He is a developer and implementer of educational projects, based on the use of digital technologies, being the coordinator of Open Educational Resources in the national project "CRED - Relevant Curriculum and Education open to all", whose partners are MER and the Institute of Education Sciences (now Research Unit in Education).

CRED aims to enable the curricular empowerment of 55,000 teachers in primary and secondary education, for a methodological approach focused on key competencies, under the new curriculum and adapting learning activities to the specific needs of each pupil, including those you are at risk of dropping out of school. In the project, an important component was dedicated to building an online educational environment, from educational platforms to open educational resources.

So far, 23 thousand teachers have completed the CRED courses, for half of the graduates, the course was conducted mainly online, creating and sharing good practices regarding the use of technologies in education.

Online Together webinars are organized in collaboration with IEEE Romania, the EDEN Association and the Politehnica University of Timișoara, every week with guests from other universities and schools in Romania.

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