OportUnidad: Developing a Common Higher Education Area between Latin America and Europe While Fostering Open Educational Practices Through a Bottom-up Approach

OportUnidad is an action-research project co-funded by the European Commission under the EuropeAid ALFA III programme with the aim of promoting the adoption of Open Educational Practices in Latin America.

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Dr Cristobal Cobo

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287049

Email: cristobal.cobo@oii.ox.ac.uk

Overview

Based on the analysis of outstanding cases of Open Educational Practices (OEP) around the world, and after mapping out the current state in Latin America, OportUnidad will develop an agenda aimed at any educational organisation interested in promoting the production, re-utilisation or use of Open Educational Resources (OER). The OportUnidad Agenda will provide a comprehensive set of guidelines on pedagogical approaches, technological solutions, organisational frameworks and procedures, institutional business models and cooperative models that are relevant to the development of OER initiatives.

In addition, more than 50 Latin American higher education institutions and organisations will benefit from a number of actions devised in order to raise the awareness and facilitate the adoption of OEP. OportUnidad Fellow Organisations will be provided with free training and will be assisted in the process of developing an open educational road map based on the OportUnidad Agenda, but tailored to meet the individual needs of each organisation taking into account their local, cultural and institutional contexts.

OportUnidad is led by a group of universities from both Latin America and Europe. The Latin American partners are the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), 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). As for European partners, there are four institutions: the Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi (Italy), the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain), the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) and the University of Oxford (UK).

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