Policy innovations have supported educational institutions in developing new educational models, facilitate research, test large-scale innovative pedagogies, curriculum development and skills assessment and encourage new business models.

Delivering Insights

Government has realized that a novel approach should be created for addressing policy development and implementation.

The optimal way was to find synergy between a top-down and a bottom-up approach, delivered through the OpeningupSlovenia model. This assumed government was simply one of the involved stakeholders.

However, we decided not to have one specific governmental policy document regulating this space, but stead integrate it in a portfolio of high level and sector specific policy documents, allowing it to be more dynamic and mainstream at all levels of government and influence the European Union and beyond.

In 2016 open education was introduced in the Strategic guidelines for further implementation of ICT in the Slovenian education system until 2020. It describes open education, as a support mechanism to the digital transformation in different education sectors within the education system.

Key Achievements

  • Facilitate research and policy exchange in EU and UNESCO Member States
  • Increasing awareness of the latest technological developments among policy makers
  • Making stakeholders aware of the current and future policy and regulatory framework
  • Mobilize all stakeholders (teachers, learners, economic and social partners) to implement policies at education institutions


  • To reform and complement key legislation
  • To design the appropriate policy framework and stimulus to enable a comprehensive introduction of formal and informal education
  • To be actively involved in national, regional and international governmental policy-making mechanisms
  • To develop and implement a worldwide vision for mainstreaming OER


  • Clarity – A clear OER policy approach has mapped all stakeholders needs and empowered government to make effective decisions.
  • Alignment – Our national, regional and international policy activities in line with EU, UNESCO, and COL are enabling the digital transformation of stakeholders.
  • Insight – Mixed international policy teams developed design and implementation recommendations for us based on direct experience.
  • Agility – Policies should be lightweight and dynamic allowing for constant iteration, enabling a fast reaction to real-life changes as they arise.
  • Confidence – We are introducing UN SDG4 education for all in the Strategy 2030 Slovenia.

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