Enabling Better 'Teaching and Learning': Improving Access to Open Educational Resources
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25 October 2011
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
There's been a lot of emphasis on the 'free' or 'cheap' nature of OER, but the conversation needs to be about quality and effectiveness. TO do this, we need to talk about effective educational resources. Standards in education tend to be worked out by experts, but we are now at a point where we can analyze what experts do and improve the process of instructional resource design. As we improve our understanding of how people learn, that needs to inform our learning design processes. (Shelton mentioned OLnet here.)
Regulatory frameworks are emerging at state level (Utah is a leader). But government cannot move as quickly as practice, but urgently needs 'best in class' examples of effective OER use.
OER practicioners need to help us create the right ecosystem. We need to make sure that barriers to effective OER are moved: make it easier to share data and learning objects, perfecting the systems and tools that we use in education and training. We need to help people access training and jobs without the resources available to large corporations.
Innovation in the education sector is often unusual. For example, the pharmaceutical industry spends massive amounts on securing investment, while education often downplays the need for funding research and innovation. Progress requires a different point of view: one that is shared globally.