Sign the Open Covid Pledge for Research in Education

  • We pledge to make our intellectual property openly and freely available to the world to support educators, students and decision-makers, to help educational organisations survive and thrive, and to build a fairer and more resilient education system.
  • We pledge - where possible - to openly license or dedicate to the public domain our intellectual property.

Sign the Open Covid Pledge

Open Covid Pledge Signatories

Note: Signatories will appear once approved by one of our team.

Dr Sean Bracken
Co-Founder, International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education
Sharon Flynn
Project Manager, Enhancing Digital Teaching & Learning, Irish Universities Association
Sandra Kucina Softic
President, European Distance and Learning Network
Open Education Special Interest group
Chair, ALT
Javiera Atenas & Leo Havemann
Co-founders, Open Education Policy Lab
Jonathan Shaw
Director, Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University
Consultant, Iraqi Higher Education e-learning Adoption Project Coordinator, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR)
Emma Csemiczky
Co-Founder, Open Academia
Javiera Atenas
Coordinator, Open Education Working Group
Sylvie Thouesny
Martin Dougiamas
Founder and CEO, Moodle Pty Ltd
Jo Grady
General Secretary, University and College Union (UCU)
Cable Green
Director of Open Education, Creative Commons
Rima Kupryte
Director, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries)
Andreas Kellerhals
Wayne Mackintosh
Managing Director and UNESCO / ICDE Chair in OER, OER Foundation
James Rutherford
Senior Educational Technologist, City, University of London
Dr Dominique-Alain JAN
Lecturer | Researcher, Gymnase de Nyon, Switzerland
Ian Wilson
Executive Director, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Catherine Cronin
Strategic Education Developer, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Nicole Allen
Director of Open Education, SPARC
Chris Morrison and Jane Secker
Co-founders of,
Vanessa Proudman
Director, SPARC Europe
Diogo Casanova
Associate Professor in Online Learning and Quality, University of West London
Kenneth Kapalu Muzata
Lecturer and researcher, University of Zambia
Khadija Khan
Chief Executive Officer, Pakistan Alliance for Early Childhood
Robert Schuwer
Lector (professor) OER, Fontys University of Applied Sciences and UNESCO Chair on OER and their Adoption by Teachers, Learners a
Dr P Yugandhar Reddy
Associate Professor, The Adoni Arts and Science College
Eric Ofori
Founding Director, New Hrizon Foundation of the Blind
Uginia Urwick
Initiator and Coordinator -Inclusive Special Education Teacher Training and Empowerment Programme, ITCIG-Special Educational Needs Teachers' Training Institute-SENTTI, Cameroon
Jako Olivier
Professor & UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and OER, North-West University, South Africa
Ogidan Rotimi Joshua
Executive Director, African Council for Distance Education
Indira Koneru Yalavarthi
Founding Director, KBR & HL Human Development Foundation
Dr. Alec Couros
Professor, Director of the Centre for Educational Research, Collaboration, & Development, University of Regina
Jenny Glennie
Executive Director, Saide
Lucy Beattie
Training and Development manager, Scottish Crofting Federation
Leo Havemann
Digital Education Advisor, University College London
Virginia Rodés
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Núcleo Interdisciplinario sobre Recursos Educativos Abiertos y Accesibles, Universidad de la República
Graham Attwell
Director, Pontydysgu Ltd
Allison Littlejohn
Director, UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London
Neil Butcher
OER Strategist, OER Africa
Ian Dolphin
Executive Director, Apereo Foundation
Natalia Auer
Founder, E-Learning Denmark
Jesse Stommel
Executive Director, Hybrid Pedagogy
Sanjaya Mishra
Education Specialist, eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning
Paul Stacey
Executive Director, Open Education Global
Chris Friend
Director, Hybrid Pedagogy
Jo Barratt
Delivery Manager and Deputy CEO, Open Knowledge Foundation
Sean Michael Morris
Director, Digital Pedagogy Lab
Laura Czerniewicz
Director, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
Maren Deepwell
Chief Executive, Association for Learning Technology
Equity Unbound
Online Curriculum, Equity Unbound
Christian M. Stracke
Director, European Institute for Learning, Innovation and Cooperation (eLC)
Amber Sinha
Executive Director, The Centre for Internet and Society
Cheryl Brown
Assoc Prof of e-learning, University of Canterbury
Rory McGreal
Professor and UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER, Athabasca University
Maha Bali
Associate Professor of Practice, American University in Cairo
Sheila MacNeill
Independent Digital Learning Consultant, How Sheila Sees IT
Frances Bell
Independent Researcher, #FemEdTech
Lorna M. Campbell
Board Member, Association for Learning Technology
John Traxler
Professor of Digital Learning, University of Wolverhampton
Martin Weller
Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University
Melissa Highton
Assistant Principal and Director for Learning,Teaching and Web Services, University of Edinburgh
Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams
Former UNESCO Chair of Open Education & Social Justice & Emeritus Associate Professor, UCT, University of Cape Town
Alejandro Armellini
Dean of Digital and Distributed Learning, University of Portsmouth
Brenda Cecilia Padilla Rodriguez
Programme Leader, MSc in Cognition and Education, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Helen Caldwell
Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Northampton
Gary Cifuentes
Associate Professor - School of Education, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
Silvia Restrepo
Vice President for research, Universidad de los Andes
Alan Levine
Independent Consultant and Itinerant Web Geek, CogDogBlog
Josie Fraser
Head of Digital Policy, National Lottery Heritage Fund
Martha Caddell
Professor of HE Policy & Pedagogy and Director of Learning and Teaching Academy, Heriot-Watt University
Jane Secker
Senior Lecturer in Educational Development, City, University of London
Lucy Crompton-Reid
Chief Executive, Wikimedia UK
Claire McAvinia
Learning Development Officer, TU Dublin
Sarah Honeychurch
Teaching Fellow, University of Glasgow
Teresa MacKinnon
Associate Professor, University of Warwick
Ada Czerwonogora
Adjunt Professor, Virtual Teaching and Learning Unit, Nursing Faculty, University of the Republic, Uruguay
Anne-Marie Scott
Deputy Provost, Athabasca University
Emily Schudel
Instructional Designer, Camosun College
Harry Dyer
Lecturer in Education, University of East Anglia
Jim Luke
Economics Professor & Open Learning Faculty Fellow, Lansing Community College
Su Ming Khoo
Lecturer, National University of Ireland Galway
Chris Noone
Lecturer, NUI Galway
Joe Wilson
Head of Digital Skills, City of Glasgow College
Leigh-Anne Perryman
Qualification Director, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University
Martin Compton
Associate Professor of HE Teaching and Learning, University of Greenwich
George Veletsianos
Professor & Canada Research Chair, Royal Roads University
Peter Goodyear
Professor of Education, The University of Sydney
Sue Beckingham
Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University
Helen Beetham
Researcher and open educator, University of Wolverhampton
Karen Ferreira-Meyers
Associate Professor and Coordinator Linguistics and Modern Languages, University of Eswatini, Institute of Distance Education
Shakir Hussain
Learning Engineer, Northwestern University in Qatar
Godfrey Mwewa
Lecturer/Researcher/Consultant in Educational Technology, The University of Zambia
Tendayi Madziya
Librarian, Universidade Catolica de Mocambique
Rebecca Lekoko
Professor and Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning and Community Development, University of Botswana
Elizabeth Charles
Assistant Director of Library Services, Birkbeck, University of London
Thuy Bui
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh



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Open Covid Pledge FAQs

Why an open covid pledge for education?

Universities, colleges and schools all over the world have moved learning online in a bid to protect staff and students from COVID-19. As the pandemic plays out, many classes and non-academic activities continue to take place online or in a blend of online and face-to-face settings. 

The effects on staff and students, and on the whole enterprise of education, are beyond anything we have seen before. There are disagreements about the best way forward. But the opportunities to learn together are great. New research programmes have sprung into being, and established researchers have refocused their efforts. New evidence is emerging all the time about the impact on teaching practice, student participation and working lives. 

It is a practical and moral imperative that we share what we are learning. We don’t have time to learn these lessons alone. We can’t afford for inequalities in education, as in healthcare, to become more intractable. Knowledge about how we can teach and learn in a post-pandemic world, and how staff and students can thrive, must be shared by everyone who can benefit from it.

The pledge was inspired by the Open Covid Pledge for researchers in science and medicine, reflecting the same urgent need to respond collectively to the current crisis.

It meets the aspirations in UNESCO’s report: Education in a Post-Covid World: to ‘strengthen education as a common good’, ‘advance global solidarity’ and ‘make free and open source’ resources available to all who can benefit.

It is put forward in solidarity with many other international initiatives in open education.

Who should sign?

Anyone can sign the pledge who is involved in understanding the effects of and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in education and learning, including:

  • Researchers, research institutes, departments and organisations
  • Publishers and data owners
  • Funders
  • Policy makers and policy leaders
  • Educators and their professional and representative bodies
  • Students and their representative bodies
  • Other networks and organisations aligned with the aims of the pledge

Can I sign on behalf of an organisation?

The pledge is a statement of intent. It is not legally binding on people or organisations.

If you are uploading an organisational logo you should:

  • Be authorised to make this statement of intent on behalf of the organisation
  • Have consulted with members of the organisation who have relevant responsibilities
  • Have read these FAQs, and be able to direct members of the organisation to the information they need to help them share their work

What should be shared?

The pledge is to share all forms of evidence about education and learning, including:

  • Research findings, reports and publications - via open access
  • Open data - anonymised for public release where necessary
  • Research instruments and applications
  • Less formal evidence from policy and practice, including (for example) evidence-based guidance

Evidence may be about: open, online and digital learning, on-campus learning, associated pedagogies and platforms, staff, students, prospective and former students, organisations and policies, educational practice, education in its social and political contexts, keeping staff and students safe in educational settings.

Evidence may be shared at any freely and openly accessible internet location. Ideally it will be shared via an open access repository, journal, or other recognised open site.

What happens after I sign?

You are now part of the Open Covid for Research in Education community! 

  • Choose and use open licences for data and content
  • Continue to share evidence in your own networks, using the #OpenCovid4Ed hashtag to help it reach a wide audience
  • Follow other members’ activities and the latest releases using the hashtag #OpenCovid4Ed
  • Consider sharing evidence via the OER World Map
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate, co-produce and re-use; also to challenge, question and peer review
  • Tell us about what you have released: your knowledge may be featured as part of a curated selection

How do we share data ethically and legally?

One reason for sharing openly is to model ethical practice in the capture, sharing and use of data. If you do not already have a robust Open Data policy at your organisation, please read these Guides from the Open Data Institute (you can also use them to check your policy is fit for purpose at this time).

UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition has produced a statement on the protection of learners’ personal information during and after the pandemic.  The EU has also produced five simple principles for data ethics

Make sure before sharing that:

  • You have the right to share (e.g. you/your organisation produced the evidence or collected the data)
  • You are following your organisation’s guidance and have approval from anyone accountable
  • There are no legal or regulatory reasons why you cannot share
  • Individuals cannot be identified (unless they have clearly agreed to be identified, e.g. as authors or opinion makers)