Thu 4th October 2012 - 09:25

Open Educational Resources in Europe

OER refers to "the open provision of educational resources, enabled by ICT, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes" (UNESCO, 2002). Important to note that those resources are not limited to content, but comprise also "the creation of open source software, development tools and the development of standards and licensing tools" (OLCOS, 2007). It is acknowledged by policymakers and researchers that a fundamental transformation of education and learning throughout Europe is needed to address the new skills and competences required if Europe is to remain competitive, overcome the current economic crisis, grasp new opportunities and insure social justice and cohesion. In order to provide stakeholders with evidence on the contribution of Open Education to those aims, and in pursuance of promoting the use of OER in school education, higher education and adult education, the Open Educational Resources in Europe (OEREU) project will provide a critical assessment of OER initiatives and practices in Europe, develop sector-specific foresight scenarios to illustrate the benefits, carry out a representative survey on the use of OER, identify challenges across all sectors and, jointly with stakeholders, develop, discuss and propose recommendations for the further development and mainstreaming of OER in Europe.

Key examples:

Openness inside Education, Learning and Training provide a strategic opportunity to improve quality and inclusiveness as well as to facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing, capacity building, pedagogical innovation and new business and sustainability opportunities.

 

 

Key challenges:

Even if OER are high on the agenda of educational policies their use in education has not yet reached a critical threshold due to a number of bottlenecks including lack of awareness, know how, recognition, interoperability, standards, quality and sustainability, amongst others.

 

 

Crawler regarding inter-linkage between a selection of OER initiatives

=> full screen image (created with Issuecrawler by Govcom foundation)

 

Consultation and Dissemination Activities

 

Related links:

The Open Educational Resources in Europe (OEREU) project will provide a critical assessment of OER initiatives and practices in Europe, develop sector-specific foresight scenarios to illustrate the benefits, carry out a representative survey on the use of OER, identify challenges across all sectors and, jointly with stakeholders, develop, discuss and propose recommendations for the further development and mainstreaming of OER in Europe.

OER refers to "the open provision of educational resources, enabled by ICT, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes" (UNESCO, 2002). Important to note that those resources are not limited to content, but comprise also "the creation of open source software, development tools and the development of standards and licensing tools" (OLCOS, 2007). It is acknowledged by policymakers and researchers that a fundamental transformation of education and learning throughout Europe is needed to address the new skills and competences required if Europe is to remain competitive, overcome the current economic crisis, grasp new opportunities and insure social justice and cohesion. In order to provide stakeholders with evidence on the contribution of Open Education to those aims, and in pursuance of promoting the use of OER in school education, higher education and adult education, the Open Educational Resources in Europe (OEREU) project will provide a critical assessment of OER initiatives and practices in Europe, develop sector-specific foresight scenarios to illustrate the benefits, carry out a representative survey on the use of OER, identify challenges across all sectors and, jointly with stakeholders, develop, discuss and propose recommendations for the further development and mainstreaming of OER in Europe.

Key examples:

Openness inside Education, Learning and Training provide a strategic opportunity to improve quality and inclusiveness as well as to facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing, capacity building, pedagogical innovation and new business and sustainability opportunities.

 

 

Key challenges:

Even if OER are high on the agenda of educational policies their use in education has not yet reached a critical threshold due to a number of bottlenecks including lack of awareness, know how, recognition, interoperability, standards, quality and sustainability, amongst others.

 

 

Crawler regarding inter-linkage between a selection of OER initiatives

=> full screen image (created with Issuecrawler by Govcom foundation)

 

Consultation and Dissemination Activities

 

Related links:

Coordinating Organisation:
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
Topics:
Open Educational Resources
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