About GO-GN

The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) is a network of PhD candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education (i.e. OER, OEP, MOOC). These doctoral researchers are at the core of the network; around them, over two hundred experts, supervisors, mentors and interested parties connect to form a community of practice.

The aims of the GO-GN are to:

  • raise the profile of research into open education,
  • offer support for those conducting PhD research in this area,
  • promote equity and inclusion in the field of open education research, and
  • develop openness as a process of research.

To meet these aims GO-GN:

  • Hosts an annual face-to-face workshop, bringing together researchers from around the world to share their work and further develop their practice. This event is usually aligned with an international open education conference such as OEGlobal or the UK OER conference.
  • Holds regular webinars, online events, drop-in sessions and mini-seminars, which showcase our members research, enable collaboration and provide a supportive space.
  • Collaborates with other stakeholders to promote our members work and widen the network.
  • Co-develops and authors a range of research publications with its membership. In 2020 these included a Methodology Handbook and the first in a series of reviews of the latest OER and OEP research.
  • Supports alumni and members nearing the end of their studies with a funded fellowship scheme.
  • Connects our members, supporters and friends through a variety of channels including social and What’s App.
  • Acknowledges our member and alumni achievements through the annual GO-GN Awards, and
  • Offers our membership additional benefits such as affiliate membership to ALT and a Reclaim Hosting account.

History and Funding

GO-GN started in 2013 as an initiative from Fred Mulder, UNESCO Chair in OER at the Dutch Open Universiteit, in collaboration with Rory McGreal, UNESCO / COL Chair in OER at Athabasca University (Canada).

GO-GN is currently funded through the OER programme of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and administered by the Open Education Research Hub from the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK.


 In 2017, at the 6th GO-GN Seminar celebrated in Cape Town, the network adopted the motto ‘Tuko Pamoja‘, which in Kiswahili means ‘We are Together‘. Our dear friend and GO-GN researcher Judith Pete, who is the inspiration behind this, explains it as follows:

‘Tuko Pamoja’ denotes a shared sense of purpose and motivation like for us PhD students at GO-GN. It strengthens values like trust, empathy, responsibility, accountability, self acceptance, sharing, unity and wholeness, among others. In a nutshell, it  implies an ’empathetic understanding among the members of a group’. This is indeed very typical of us as GO-GNers.


In 2020 GO-GN received the Open Practices Award in Open Research for our Research Methods Handbook.

In 2018 GO-GN received the Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence.