Thursday, November 20 • 10:15am - 10:45am
Openness Paradigm, a necessary reflection for the future education policies in Latin America

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Education is the pillar that supports the social and economic development of countries. It is a right recognized by the main international human rights instruments, as well as in the legal systems of Latin American countries. Huge public resources have been aimed at improving national education systems, experiencing some progress but with ample room for further progress.

We know that digital technologies and proposals that have emerged from the open movement (i.e. open education resources -OER, Open Access) contribute to the education improvement, offering new opportunities to address issues such quality, relevance and diversity of education resources, teacher skills, maximizing economic resources, among other. The emergence of ICT, on the other hand, has prompted a wave of state policies and programs that seek to incorporate and use them for the benefit of the teaching and learning processes. Despite good intentions and major efforts of many Latin American governments, the focus has been on addressing coverage, without necessarily being implemented actions that effectively promote appropriation of digital technologies and harness its disruptive capacity.

The Karisma Foundation has been researching on this subject and in March launched the "Public Expenditure on Education in Latin America. Can serve the purposes of the Paris Declaration on OER?" report, where it was mapped the public expenditure reported by some Latin American governments for developing and procuring educational resources for K-12 education. Currently, Karisma is working on a second research that seeks to analyze the way in which such spending occurs at higher education level. The ultimate goal is to offer some recommendation for developing policies that promote and support the OER implementation in national education systems in Latin America.

Therefore, the proposed panel will discuss how public spending for developing and procuring education resources is being managed in Latin America's K-12 and higher education systems. In such discussion, it will be examined strengths and weaknesses of public educational policies, will be showing examples of good practices related to implementation of OER projects, will be looking into alternative models for development of OER, and will be considered the role state, educational institutions, the educational community, civil society and the private sector. To do this, open education experts from the region, who will share their knowledge and concerns in this subject, will form this panel.

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Carolina Botero

Director, Karisma Foundation
Carolina Botero is the CEO of the Colombian civil society digital rights organization Karisma Foundation. She is a researcher, lawyer, lecturer, writer and consultant on topics related to law and technology. Carolina works in the defence of human rights in technology environments... Read More →
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Priscila Gonsales

Diretora-Executiva, Educadigital
Ashoka’s fellow, I have a Master in Education, Family and Technology at Salamanca University (UPSA-Spain), a post-graduation in Communication Process Management at São Paulo University (USP-Brazil) and has graduated in Journalism at Cásper Líbero (Brazil). I've been working with... Read More →
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Carolina Rossini

Policy Manager, Facebook
Carolina Rossini is a Brazilian lawyer and policy advocate, working on the impact of the internet on development, human rights, intellectual property and telecommunications law and policy. She works at Facebook on the Global Connectivity Policy Team. Before joining Facebook, Carolina... Read More →
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Amalia Toledo

Project Coordinator, Fundación Karisma

Thursday November 20, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am

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