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B. Monday - Activity 1: OER and Open Education
A closer look at the OER scenario in higher education
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Andreia Inamorato Dos Santos
6 December 2009
The UNESCO OER Toolkit is a document produced by the OER community to the community itself. It represents the collective voice of the ones involved in providing and using OER, and points to some of the most relevant issues the community faces. An overview of the document is available here.
This week we will take a look at this document (and other related OER material) with the aim to promote reflective practice. Have we at OLnet been addressing the main research needs of the OER community? And what is the impact of our research? These are the overarching questions for us to bear in mind throughout the week.
In the first sections of the document, the OER toolkit brings to the fore the following ideas:
- that the toolkit is aimed at developing countries in the southern hemisphere;
- that universities in the southern hemisphere would benefit enormously with the use of OER, by decreased costs and increased access;
- that there is an assumption that knowledge flows from developed to developing countries;
- that not enough attention has been paid to the needs of the institutions in the southern hemisphere;
- that more 'systematic' research into OER is needed, since all we know so far is '"anecdotal and shared only with a community of insiders" (section 2, Where next?)
In order to have some more food for thought here are some resource suggestions:
- Sections one and two of the UNESCO OER Toolkit (Background to Open Educational Resources and The Emergence of Open Education);
- Defining OER : OER Handbook at WikiEducator;
- The OpenLearn Research Report 2006-2008
Contact details: Andreia Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org)