Twenty high-ranking policy makers from the Ministry of Education gathered for a consultative workshop from 12 to 13 March 2013 to facilitate the development of an Open Education Resource (OER) policy for Grenada. The workshop focused on brainstorming essential elements to be incorporated in such a policy, while aligning it to the national educational goals, plans and strategies.
In an interesting development, key decision-makers in Grenada expressed a strong desire to locate an OER policy within a broader, all-encompassing policy on ICT in education. Consequently, the workshop expanded its scope to focus on defining the key elements of a new ICT in education policy for the country.
Participants identified strategic education priorities for Grenada, defined policy positions on the ICT infrastructure, connectivity, as well as the use of ICT for teaching and learning, management and administration, human resources and governance issues. During the workshop, strong commitment was expressed to use open licences (specifically, the Creative Commons licence framework) for all educational and research materials produced with public funds in Grenada.
The workshop was facilitated by Neil Butcher, a South African educational technology specialist, who will draft a policy on ICT in education and OER, which will be presented to the Ministry of Education and the Government of Grenada before the end of March. This policy will incorporate a structured approach to harnessing the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers to direct capacity building in Grenada.
The consultative workshop was organized by UNESCO’s Kingston Office in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning, the Ministry of Education, the Government of Grenada and Grenada’s National Commission for UNESCO.