On 8 December, at the 31st WIPO SCCR meeting in Geneva, IFRRO co-organised with Education international (EI) a reasonably attended event on Education - Changing what we learn and the way we learn. Nicolas Jonas, Analyst at CERI (OECD), spoke on Educational innovation, based on research carried out by OECD, emphasising inter alia that the value of education remains high, with enhanced demand for modular and adaptable content and that Virtual Learning environments (VLE), Open Education Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) represent opportunities in the educational sector.
In his presentation on the Changing perspective of teachers, Dennis Sinyolo, Senior Coordinator of the Education and Employment Unit at EI underlined the importance of teacher training as a means to provide teachers with adequate technological skills to manage ICT and social networks. Enabling self-regulation is also a key issue for teachers.
Whilst José Borghino, Secretary General of the IPA spoke on Resource innovation and changing publishing for a changing world, and the importance of locally created and published educational material, former President of EWC and author, Professor Pirjo Hiidenmaa, addressing Creative writing, reminded participants that teachers, in their work, both write textbooks and create materials for their own lessons. This could also include the reuse of existing materials, for multiple purposes. Whatever the use and purpose, the teacher depends on authorisation through easy licensing to make appropriate legal use of copyright works; the author also expects to be rewarded for the use of their works.
Kopinor CEO, Yngve Slettholm, and COPIBEC Acting CEO, Frédérique Couette, offered examples on how RROs, the CMOs in the text and image sector, contribute to meeting dynamic user requests for seamless access to published works in education. Kopinor’s Bolk is but one example of content delivery services offered by RROs for tertiary education. COPIBEC's SAMUEL is an example that content delivery by RROs also has reached the K12 sector
In summarising, Olav Stokkmo, IFRRO’s CEO, noted OECD findings on enhanced demand for modular and adaptable content, and teacher need for easy licensing; RROs are set up to complement usages authorised by authors and publishers to deliver just that: modular and adaptable content and easy licensing, including for VLE and MOOC. In his closing remarks on the way forward, he emphasised the need for innovative partnership.