A guide for developing EDI practices in Open Education centred around Africa and Latin America contexts

Bossu, Carina and Iniesto, Francisco (2023). A guide for developing EDI practices in Open Education centred around Africa and Latin America contexts. In: OEGlobal 2023 - Building a Sustainable World through Open Education, 16-18 Oct 2023, Edmonton, Canada.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) have been a significant topic within the Open Education (OE) community. However, the provision of free and online resources, such as Open Educational Resources (OER), does not guarantee that access is equitable, diverse, and inclusive. The vast majority of OER is only available in the English language, which makes it difficult for many learners worldwide to access them.
The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) is a community of around 200 experts, supervisors, mentors, and other interested parties who support PhD candidates conducting research on open education. Since GO-GN's establishment in 2013, EDI has been central to its agenda. However, it was only in 2018 that the first projects on EDI in Open Education were developed. The first project had a focus on EDI in Open Education in Africa, followed by a second one which focused on Latin America. One of key aims of these projects was to increase representation from these communities within GO-GN, as despite attempts, most of GO-GN participants are from Global North/developed countries. Another important aim was to reach those who could potentially benefit the most from being part of this network (Rodés & Iniesto, 2021).
GO-GN has now developed the GO-GN EDI Guidelines, an evidence-based document containing a set of principles that can be used by higher education institutions, individuals, and initiatives to promote equitable, diverse, and inclusive open education environments (Bossu et al., 2023). Although the guidelines were contextualized to some extent for the Global South regions, it can be adapted to different EDI and open education initiatives and contexts. This presentation will provide an overview of the EDI projects developed by GO-GN and present the GO-GN EDI Guidelines.

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