The session will give global perspectives based on the works far from the ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) OER Advocacy Committee (OERAC) , and will discuss OER related to the SDG4, and related to the forthcoming UNESCO OER Recommendations on OER (2019). During the session OER will be elaborated both on micro, meso and macro level. The ICDE OERAC was launched at the 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto, October 2017, aiming for the global advocacy of OER together with the UNESCO/ICDE OER Chairs.
It is well recognized that Open Educational Resources (OER) serves as catalyst for lifelong learning (LLL), and Continuous Professional Development (CPD), likewise OER is used as microlearning not at least at working places. OER, has the potentials to expand access to lifelong learning opportunities, achieve quality education and establish legal and political frameworks that promote, inter alia, and coordinated partnerships. OER can make significant contributions to the United Nation, UNESCO Sustainability Goals (SDG), especially number 4 on education, with its key pillars of access, equity, equality, quality and inclusion.