There are hundreds of thousands of free and open education resources spread across the internet and being organized into repositories such as the OER commons, TES Connect, and Open Education Europa. Yet many teachers and learners are not benefiting from these resources.
Policies for OER Uptake (POERUP) looks at in-depth case studies of user and producer communities of OER in Europe and abroad. The project has already created an inventory of over 400 OER projects and published numerous reports on European and Gulf states. Based on this research, POERUP has come up with three sets of recommendations for encouraging OER uptake in schools, colleges, and universities. Now, POERUP needs the input of end users and producers of OER on these policy recommendations. Open Education Europa is a community of over 30,000 learners, educators, researchers and other stakeholders – let’s contribute our collective expertise to make these EU-wide policy papers meaningful and effective. Please read the overview of the policy recommendations below and leave your feedback in the comments section. Alternatively, you can email us directly with your input. In addition, the full draft documents are available for download in the "Additional Documents" section of this page. Summary of Recommendations for OER Uptake in Schools:
- Public outputs from European Commission programs should be made open, for example using Creative Commons licenses
- The EC and Member States should promote the benefits of open licensing for learning materials.
- The EC and Member States should promote OERs directly to educational users
- Budgets for digital education should include money for developing and maintaining OER.
- OER should be allowed on approved materials lists
- Accessibility should be a priority for all OER, including disability accessibility standards.
- Quality assurance could be done through an OER evaluation panel or a specialist.
- Continue improving ICT infrastructure and ensure the effectiveness of any devices used for education.
- The EC should fund research on the benefits of OER and work to integrate various research projects on related subjects.
- Increase collaboration between schools and higher education in regards to OER.
Summary of Recommendations for OER Uptake in Colleges:
- Drive forward the development of EQF (the European Qualifications Framework)
- Drive forward copyright and licensing reform
- Encourage Europe-wide validation of learning acquired online (not only via OER and MOOCs)
- Foster research into the benefits of OER delivered via sustainable business models
- Support teacher/trainer/lecturer CPD on the creation, use and re-use of OER
- Create an innovation fund for the development of online learning resources and assembling/creating pathways to credentials
- Establish a European quality assurance standard for OER content produced in Europe
- Mandate that the content of any vocational training programme supported or part-supported by EU funding is licensed under the least restrictive CC framework
Summary of Recommendations for OER Uptake in Universities:
- The EC should set up a competitive innovation fund to develop one new “European” university each year with a commitment to low-cost online education around a core proposition of open content.
- The EC should ensure accreditation and recognition procedures across the EU
- Quality assurance agencies should address current issues such as new modes of learning and copyright restrictions.
- Universities should improve their Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures to accredit knowledge from online or informal learning.
- The EC should foster work into standardised syllabi EU-wide for undergraduate degrees in certain professions
- The EC should adopt and recommend a standard Creative Commons license for all openly available educational material it is involved in funding.
- University staff should be educated on intellectual property rights (IPR) issues
- The EC should support online and continuous professional development for teachers, focusing on open education and IPR issues
- The EC should fund research into the verifiable benefits of OER