Latin American Higher Education Organisations Invited to Join EC-Funded Open Education Practices (OEP) Network

1 March 2012 Oxford Internet Institute

OportUnidad is an action-research project supported by the European Commission under the EuropeAid ALFA III programme with the aim of promoting the adoption of Open Educational Practices (OEP) in Latin America. The OportUnidad project will explore the adoption of strategies and channels that embrace the principles of openness and reusability within the context of educational institutions. It will foster the adoption of open educational practices (OEP), and open educational resources (OER) in Latin America as a bottom-up approach to develop a common Higher Education Area in the region.

In the Latin American region, there are still plenty of opportunities to facilitate openness and the sharing of educational content. As part of the project, 60 Latin American higher education organisations will be selected to participate as OportUnidad Fellows. Benefits to the fellow institutions will include assistance in developing open educational practices, online training, and the design of an institutional Open Educational Practices agenda.

How to Join the Network

Latin American universities and other Higher Education entities interested in becoming OportUnidad Fellow Organisations are invited to complete a self-nomination form (versions available in English, Spanish and Portuguese).

On the occasion of this year's Open Education Week, the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, one of the OportUnidad partner institutions, will be organising a webinar to present the project and answer any questions from representatives of organisations interested in becoming OportUnidad fellow organisations.

For more information about the project, see the OportUnidad website.

Partners and Support

OportUnidad is led by a group of universities from both Latin America and Europe. The Latin American partners are the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil) (Candidate Partner), the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (Costa Rica), the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador), the Fundación Uvirtual (Bolivia), the Universidad Virtual del Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), the Universidad de la Empresa (Uruguay) and the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Peru). The European partners are the Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi (Italy) (Project Coordinator), the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain), the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) and the University of Oxford (UK).

OpportUnidad is supported by the European Commission under the EuropeAid ALFA III programme. ALFA is a programme of cooperation between Higher Education Institutions of the European Union and Latin America. ALFA III retains the original objective of the previous phases of the ALFA Programme, that is, to promote Higher Education in Latin America as a means to contribute to the economic and social development of the region.

Contact information

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