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OERcamp.global 2021 – an Unconference on OER

The first 48-hour Festival for Open Educational Resources

December 09–11, 2021 | globally | BarCamp | via Zoom

Browse recordings and more from OERcamp.global

OERcamp.global comprised 114 sessions from 186 speakers. 79 sessions and 11 keynotes have been recorded. There were 1089 registrations from 87 different countries. The session hosts provide videos, slides etc. via Sched. Videos from the keynote talks are published on this playlist on YouTube.

What was OERcamp.global 2021?

OERcamp is a BarCamp on Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER). “BarCamp” means that everyone can contribute to the programme by submitting their sessions. It is a user-generated (un-)conference. A BarCamp is not only about sharing knowledge: Open issues, ongoing activities and joint reflection can take place in sessions, as well. It’s about sharing and co-creating knowledge, the open way!

The event communication was in English. Workshop sessions in any other language were highly welcomed! 

OERcamp.global was hosted by the German Commission for UNESCO and Agentur J&K – Jöran und Konsorten, which has been hosting OERcamps since 2012.

How did it work?

OERcamp.global took place in a format called ‘BarCamp’. This unconference format invites everyone to contribute to the programme. It’s an open and participatory event, made of user-generated workshop-events. 

The opening session of OERcamp.global started on 9 December 2021 at 1 pm UTC.
We had 48 hours of sessions and plenary hours, so that everyone could choose the time of the day (or night) to participate in the event.

Programme and schedule

The programme included more than 100 sessions, with workshops, exchange rounds and talks from India to Chile, Namibia to California, Austria to Indonesia. You can find them in our schedule on Sched. Another part of the programme were plenary hours, no parallel sessions but special events, mostly keynotes to present insights from different parts of the world.

Why an OERcamp.global?

Let’s celebrate OER! Let’s share our knowledge, experience and resources! Let’s get to know each other, as individuals, as organisations, globally! Let’s talk about our projects, our aims, our hopes, and also about our doubts and challenges.

OER is all about sharing – and why should we stop at geographical borders? We gathered for a 48-hour unconference with practitioners, activists, scientists, nOERds and novices from around the globe. (No, of course, no one had to stay for the full 48 hours. Just pick from the schedule – it’s an all you can learn buffet! ;-))

UNESCO Recommendation on OER

Sessions are welcome on all aspects of OER and Open Education. We especially encourage topics which support the implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation regarding the five Areas of Action outlined in the Recommendation:

1. Building the capacity of stakeholders to create, access, re-use, adapt and redistribute OER;
2. Developing supportive policy for OER;
3. Encouraging inclusive and equitable quality OER; 
4. Nurturing the creation of sustainability models for OER; and
5. Promoting and reinforcing international cooperation in OER.

More on OERcamps

OERcamps open up new and contemporary formats for learning based on openness, sharing, personal meaning, participation and equality. They are the appropriate format of education for a time in which we are depending on not only transferring fixed knowledge but also co-creating new knowledge. OERcamps are about sharing, discussing, negotiating solutions for a world in perpetual change.

The OERcamp started as a grassroot movement in Germany in 2012. It has since been awarded the Open Innovation Award, mentioned in the Horizon Report, and highlighted in a UNESCO Report. Learn more about the OERcamps …

Code of Conduct


This Code of Conduct sets the standard of conduct expected of participants in OERcamp.global and its related online spaces. It sets the expectation that all participants will actively work to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment and strictly prohibits discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment. Participation in OERcamp.global activities is conditional upon acceptance of the Code of Conduct.

If you experience or witness a violation of this Code of Conduct, please submit a report by email to info@oercamp.global.


This Code of Conduct applies to all aspects of OERcamp.global activities where individuals’ behaviour affects the ability of others to participate. This includes within the virtual conference platform, barcamp sessions, planning meetings, informal side meetings associated with the barcamp, social platforms, email discussion lists, and other related interactions. This Code of Conduct applies to all participants, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, reviewers, barcamp staff, and vendors.  


The OERcamp.global seeks to offer a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for learning and sharing, guided by the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values can only thrive in an environment that is free from harassment, sexual harassment, and discriminatory behaviour. 

The standard of conduct at OERcamp.global and related spaces is set forth below and is further defined in Section V. Anyone asked to cease behaviour in violation of this Code of Conduct is expected to comply immediately. Engaging in prohibited behaviour is subject to enforcement action, which may include being removed from the conference or its online spaces. 

Behaviour that is expected and encouraged:

  • Be respectful, inclusive, and accepting of others. Actively seek to challenge your personal biases, assumptions, and preconceived stereotypes, and approach differences with openness and curiosity.

  • Be conscious of how your words and actions (including unintentional ones) might harm others. Take time to educate yourself on how to be more inclusive, and listen when someone takes the time to educate you.

  • Be aware of privilege and power dynamics. If you find you are talking or commenting a lot, consider stepping back to leave more space for others. If you share the work or ideas of others, give credit where it is due.

  • Be considerate of privacy and personal boundaries. Give others a chance to “opt-in” to personal interactions, and respect limits when they are set.

  • Be constructive in offering criticism, and be gracious in accepting it. Consider “calling in” rather than “calling out,” and direct critiques toward ideas rather than people.

Behaviour that is strictly prohibited:

  • Discrimination, including unfavourable or disparate treatment to others because of any aspect of their identity, appearance, or protected class.

  • Harassment and harassing behaviour, including use of epithets and slurs, derogatory or hostile comments, repeated attempts to make contact, or any behaviour that interferes with another person’s participation in the conference.

  • Sexual harassment, including use of sexual images, jokes of a sexual or gendered nature, or any unwelcome contact of a sexual nature in any medium. 


Engaging in harmful behaviour has consequences. The OERcamp.global team may impose sanctions depending on the severity of a violation. 

Examples of potential actions by the OERcamp.global team may include: 

  • Issuing a written or verbal warning.

  • Removing comments, materials, or recordings with harmful content.

  • Ending a presentation early.

  • Removing a person’s session responsibilities.

  • Expelling a person from a session.

  • Expelling a person from the event.

  • Blocking or reporting a person in online platforms (Twitter, Sched, Zoom, email lists, etc.)

  • Imposing a ban on future participation.

  • Reporting a person’s behaviour to the appropriate authorities. 

A person sanctioned for violating the Code of Conduct is expected to comply with the terms of the sanctions, and non-compliance may be grounds for further sanctions.


This section provides further definitions for what constitutes prohibited behaviour under Section III.

  1. Discrimination 

Discrimination occurs when a participant is denied equal opportunity and suffers unfavourable or disparate treatment because of that individual’s identity, which may include their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, disability, religion, veteran status, or other protected categories under the law.  

  1. Harassment and Harassing Behaviour

Harassment is unwelcome conduct (whether physical, verbal, written, or via technology) that is based on a person’s identity or protected class, which may include their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, disability, religion, veteran status, or other protected categories under the law. Moreover, harassing behaviour not based on any of the above discriminatory factors that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment also is unacceptable and subject to enforcement action under the Code of Conduct. Harassment and harassing behaviour has the purpose or potential effect of interfering with an individual’s ability to participate at OERcamp.global.

Some examples of harassment include (but are not limited to):

  • Offensive comments related to a person’s identity or protected class

  • Using epithets, slurs or stereotypes

  • Mocking, ridiculing, or mimicking another’s culture, accent, appearance, or custom

  • Deliberate intimidation, threats of violence, or incitement of violence (including encouraging self-harm)

  • Stalking or following

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease

  • Publication of private information, including private communications (unless publication is necessary to protect oneself or others from intentional abuse) or deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent

  1. Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment encompasses unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical behaviour of a sexual or gendered nature that interferes with an individual’s ability to participate at OERcamp.global activities or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Sexual harassment can include such behaviours as unwanted touching or unwelcome conduct (whether physical, verbal, written, or via technology) of a sexual or gendered nature.  

Some examples of sexual harassment include (but are not limited to):

  • Unwelcome and repeated flirtations, propositions, advances, staring, or other sexual attention

  • Unwelcome physical contact

  • Use of sexually suggestive language, gestures, or sounds (including whistling)  

  • Display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures

  • Offensive, insulting, derogatory, or degrading remarks related to sex or gender

  • Unwelcome comments about appearance

  • Deliberate misgendering, including deadnaming (referring to someone who has changed their name by their previous name) and intentional use of pronouns that do not correspond to a person’s gender identity or specified preference

  • Sexual jokes or use of sexually explicit or offensive language

  • Gender- or sex-based pranks

  • Demands for sexual favors in exchange for favourable or preferential treatment


Except where otherwise noted, this Code of Conduct was adapted by OERcamp.global from the Open Education Conference Code of Conduct, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  

Sections V-VII of this Code of Conduct were adapted by the Open Education Conference from the OpenCon Code of Conduct, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. OpenCon attributes the TODO Group’s Open Source Code of Conduct (which includes contributions from Django, Python, Ubuntu, Contributor Covenant, Geek Feminism, Citizen Code of Conduct), Geek Feminism’s “Conference Anti-Harassment/Responding to Reports” page, the Conference Code of Conduct, the New Venture Fund, and members of the OpenCon community.


If you have any further questions or comments, please contact us via info@oercamp.global or twitter @oercamp.

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