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.

Rinvil Renaldi
Lecturer, Hasanuddin University
Sarah Gravett
Dean: Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg
Nwabu Ezemba
Polytechnic Librarian, Federal Polytechnic Oko
Sushumna Rao
Indipendent Ed tech trainer, Justwrite
Ben Janssen
Director, OpenEd Consult
Ingrid Sapire
Head of Maths, Bala Wande; researcher Foundation Phase mathematics, Wits University and Bala Wande
Sandhya Gunness
Senior lecturer, University of Mauritius
Dominic Orr
Adj Professor, University of Nova Gorica
Perienen Appavoo
Head of Research Office, Open University of Mauritius
Natalie Lafferty
Head, Centre for Technology and Innovation in Learning, University of Dundee
Francis Simui
Head - Programmes Development & Production, Institute of Distance Education, University of Zambia
Deputy Director, Academic Practice Directorate, University of the West of England, Bristol
Mpine Makoe
Commonwealth of Learning chair in OEP/ OER and Professor of ODeL, University of South Africa
Frederick Mudavanhu
Director: Open, Distance & e-Learning, University of the Free State
Dr. Daniel Ndhlovu
Senior Lecturer and Researcher, School of Education, University of Zambia
Mwansa Mukalula-Kalimbi
Lecturer in Educational Policy, University of Zambia
Deputy director, Catholic Institute of Education
Gabriel Konayuma
Senior Vocational Education and Training Officer, Ministry of Higher Education
Bruce Edmonds
Professor and Director of the Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University
Chris Morrison
Copyright, Licensing and Policy Manager, University of Kent
Kathy Essmiller
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice | OER Librarian, Oklahoma State University
Alejandro Uribe-Tirado
Professor-Researcher, University of Antioquia (Colombia)
Cheryl Cuillier
Open Education Librarian, University of Arizona
Peter Suber
Director, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
Amy Riegelman
Librarian, University of Minnesota
Ellen Catz Ramsey
Scholarly Communications, University of Virginia
Rachel Miles
Research Impact Librarian, Virginia Tech
Infection Preventionist, HCA
Lindsey MacCallum
Scholarly Communications Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
Auckloo Pritee
Senior Lecturer, Mauritius Institute of Education
Paul West
Senior Education Adviser, West & Associates
Ros Walker
Learning Technologist, University of Stirling
Ute Barrett
Learning Technology Specialist, University of Glasgow
Zuheir N Khlaif
Lecturer, An Najah National University
Marguerite Koole
Assistant Professor, Educational Technology & Design, University of Saskatchewan
Sara Roberts
Librarian, University of Canterbury
J.B. Shaw
Open Education and Open Science Advocate, Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
Sonya McChristie
Learning Technology Coordinator (LMD), University of Sunderland
Matthew Smith
Senior Lecturer in ITE and Research, University of Wolverhampton
Michael Paskevicius
Assistant Professor - Educational Technology, University of Victoria
Paul Hollins
Professor, University of Bolton
Dorothy Eneya
Librarian, University of Malawi, The Polytechnic
Gary Hall
Professor of Media & Executive Director, Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University
Daniel Villar Onrubia
Innovation Lead, Coventry University - Disruptive Media Learning Lab
Clare Thomson
Digital Education and Enhancement Consultant, Ulster University
Jane Collings
Adviser, Self employed
ching-jung chen
Digital Scholarship Librarian, The City College of New York
Francesca Helm
Researcher, University of Padova
Aras Bozkurt
Assoc. Prof. Dr. of Distance Education & Assistant Director in SODIGEM, Anadolu University
Rosemarie McIlwhan
Assistant Professor of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Learning and Teaching Academy, Heriot-Watt University
Sara Mursic
PhD researcher, Edge Hill University
Keith Smyth
Professor of Pedagogy, Head of Learning and Teaching Academy, University of the Highlands and Islands
Scott Connor
Digital and Open Education Lead, LTA, University of the Highlands and Islands
Debbie Baff
Membership and Professional Development Manager, ALT
Terese Bird
Educational Designer, University of Leicester Medical School
Dan McGuire
Executive Director, SABIER
Peter Gossman
Lectuer in Education, Worcester University
Kate Hertweck
Training and Community Program Manager, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
Professor of Higher Education Policy, University of Wolverhampton



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

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)