Perspectives on open and distance learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, research and practice
|Title||Perspectives on open and distance learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, research and practice|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Secondary Authors||Burgos Aguilar, J. V., Cox G., Czerniewicz L., D'Antoni S., Diallo B., Downes S., Farrow R., Friesen N., Hodgkinson-Williams C., Kanwar A., Kinuthia W., Kodhandaraman B., Kreijns K., Lane A., Lee-Pan S., Luo A., Mackintosh W., Marshall S., McAndrew P., McGreal R., Montoya M. S. R., Ng’ambi D., Paskevicius M., Sampson D. G., Schuwer R., Shaikh S., Siemens G., Sotiriou S., Taylor J., Umar A., Van Acker F., van Buuren H., Vermeulen M., Thuo(Kariuki) C. W., Wright C. R., Yamada T., & Zervas P.|
|Editors||McGreal, R., Kinuthia W., & Marshall S.|
|Publisher||Commonwealth of Learning, Athabasca University|
|Keywords||access, knowledge, Lifelong Learning, MOOC, OERs, OERu, open education, Science, technology|
Open Educational Resources (OER) – that is, teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free to others to use, revise and share – offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of worldwide education. Those resources can be full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, software, and other materials and techniques used to promote and support universal access to knowledge.
This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:
1. OER in Academia – describes how OER are widening the international community of scholars, following MIT’s lead in sharing its resources and looking to the model set by the OpenCourseWare Consortium
Instructional designers, curriculum developers, educational technologists, teachers, researchers, students, others involved in creating, studying or using OER: all will find this timely resource informative and inspiring.
Sections of the Education 2030 Framework that cite OER are:
Target 4.3: By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.
Point 43. A well-established, properly regulated tertiary education system supported by technology, open educational resources and distance education can increase access, equity, quality and relevance, and can narrow the gap between what is taught at tertiary education institutions, including universities, and what economies and societies demand. The provision of tertiary education should be made progressively free, in line with existing international agreements.
Creative Commons has launched an Open Licensing Policy Toolkit
Letter to President Obama Calling for OER Policy Commitment