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,
  • to offer support for those conducting PhD research in this area, and
  • to develop openness as a process of research.

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