Global sharing. Affordable Learning


A SIDS platform cooperative to transform Education in the Digital Age

Wayne Mackintosh


Open Education Resource Foundation

2nd Global SIDS Dialogue

OER Foundation

The OER opportunity

There is no form of educational delivery more cost-effective, scalable and sustainable than open education

The OER implementation challenge

Crossing the chasm

Sharing to learn

Learning to share

Digital enabler for OER

Open technology

“Open education is not limited to just open educational resources. It also draws upon open technologies that facilitate collaborative, flexible learning and the open sharing of teaching practices that empower educators to benefit from the best ideas of their colleagues”

(The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, 2007).

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Lessons from the Pacific


Many participants exhibit limited proficiency in digital literacy

The challenge of donor overload in the Pacific

Inadequate (or expensive) digital infrastructure for online delivery

Open education ecosystem

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Digital OEP


A SIDS platform cooperative


FOSS digital learning ecosystem

Component-based system

Our FOSSDLE project vision

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Empower every SID to

remix and host their own Open Educational Resources (OER) professional development programs

build digital skills capacity using shared open infrastructure

provide mentorship opportunities to gain practical experience

ensure quality education and knowledge sharing

Self-sufficiency and resilience for SIDS to cooperatively deploy OER-enabled online courses

LiDA103 - English version

LiDA103 - French version

Software localisation

Pacific federated course sites

OER course portal for each SID

Inventory of OER-enabled courses

Digital skills courses (Learning in a Digital Age series)


  • Digital literacies for online learning (LiDA101)
  • Digital citizenship (LiDA102)
  • Critical media literacies and associated skills (LiDA104)
  • Misinformation, disinformation and malinformation (LiDA105) *
  • Digital Fedicitizen (LiDA106) *

OER Capacity Development courses

  • Open education copyright and open licensing in a digital world (LiDA103)

  • Digital skills for OER sharing (DS4OERS)
  • Empowered digital teacher for online learning (EDT4OL)

Open, Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL)

  • Communication skills for ODFL (CS4ODFL)

  • Assessment skills for ODFL (AS4ODFL)
  • Learner support for ODFL (LS4ODFL)

Working together

"If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together"

African proverb