Advancing EDI Practices in Open Education: Africa and Latin America Perspectives

Bossu, Carina and Iniesto, Francisco (2024). Advancing EDI Practices in Open Education: Africa and Latin America Perspectives. In: OER24: Digital Transformation in Open Education, 27-28 Mar 2024, Munster Technological University, Cork, Ireland.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) have become significant topics within the Open Education (OE) community. However, the provision of free and online resources, like Open Educational Resources (OER), does not automatically guarantee equitable, diverse, and inclusive access. A major barrier is the majority of OER being available only in English, making it challenging for learners worldwide to access them.

The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) is a community supporting PhD candidates conducting research on open education. With around 200 participants, including researchers, experts, supervisors, mentors, and other stakeholders, GO-GN has prioritized EDI since its establishment in 2013. However, it wasn't until 2018 that the first EDI projects in Open Education were initiated. The initial project focused on EDI in Open Education in Africa, followed by a subsequent project in Latin America. These projects aimed to increase representation from these regions within GO-GN, as the majority of participants were from developed countries. They also aimed to reach those who would benefit most from joining the network.

This presentation will provide an overview of the EDI projects. It will also introduce and discuss the GO-GN EDI Guidelines, which is a combined outcome of these projects, highlighting their importance in creating inclusive open education environments. The GO-GN EDI Guidelines are evidence-based principles designed to promote equitable, diverse, and inclusive open education environments. The document can be used by higher education institutions, individuals, and open communities to foster EDI practices. While the guidelines were initially contextualized for the Global South regions, they can be adapted to various EDI and open education initiatives and contexts.

Viewing alternatives

No digital document available to download for this item

Item Actions