UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science - Wikiversity

@JMMaok (now part of the IGDORE Education Working Group) has developed this fantastic open syllabus for teaching open science. It is all CC-BY to encourage reuse, adaption and translation.


This page contains an open syllabus, assignments–including interactive multiple choice self-check questions–and rubrics for a semester-long course teaching open science through the lens of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. The syllabus and materials were created as part of the Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) program. The course is designed for early career researchers, defined as advanced undergraduates through tenure track faculty.

The syllabus and course materials are also available on Zenodo.

Miller, Jennifer. (2022). Open Syllabus: UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (1.0). Zenodo. Open Syllabus: UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science | Zenodo

Miller, Jennifer. (2022). Question Bank for Open Syllabus UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (1.0) [Data set]. Zenodo. Question Bank for Open Syllabus UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science | Zenodo


This is a fantastic resource!


If you are interested in teaching using these highly adaptable, openly-licensed course materials, there will be an online train-the-trainer workshop offered July 26-28, 2022 at the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI2022). https://force11.org/fsci/post/course-list-with-abstracts-2022/#E01

@Gavin , thanks for posting, and @pcmasuzzo thanks for your kind endorsement! And @Aldirdiri , thank you for signing up early for the workshop!


There are scholarships available for the FSCI2022 Train-the-Trainer event, including my workshop “Teaching Open Science through the Lens of the UNESCO Recommendation,”. Apply here! https://forms.gle/qKbi9KwCTBSnCQ1g9 Registration includes 2 workshops + keynotes.

My open syllabus has been designed to be highly adaptable for discipline, geography, and context, while also providing practical resources to minimize your course prep effort. Save your energy for your students!

Some settings where this open science course could be especially impactful:

  • Special topics courses by STEM faculty open science champions for a lab or academic department
  • Maymester or Summer Session for incoming or prospective STEM graduate students
  • Community college courses for current or retired STEM educators and practitioners