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Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe

This report presents an overview and analysis of Open Educational Practices for Adult Learning in Europe. It is a contribution to the construction of a knowledge base on Opening up Education and is part of a wider scientific agenda on ICT and Learning being developed at IPTS, mainly in collaboration with DG Education and Culture.

The project drew on data from four main sources:

  • OER4Adults inventory of over 150 OER initiatives relevant to adult learning in Europe
  • Responses from the leaders of 36 OER in itiatives to a detailed SWOT survey
  • Responses from 89 lifelong learners and adult educators to a short poll
  • The Vision Papers on Open Education 2030: Lifelong Learning published by IPTS

Analysis revealed 6 tensions that drive developing practices around OER in adult learning and that structure the paper:

  • Open versus free
  • Traditional versus new approaches
  • Altruism versus marketisation
  • Community versus openness
  • Mass participation versus quality
  • Add-on versus embedded funding

Progress on related studies can be followed on the project webpage.

OER4Adults aimed to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in adult learning in Europe, identifying enablers and barriers to successful implementation of practices with OER.

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