Monday, December 16, 2013

Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

by Rory McGreal (Editor), Wanjira Kinuthia (Editor), Stewart Marshall (Editor), Tim McNamara (Editor)

Contributors: José Vladimir Burgos Aguilar, Laura Czerniewicz, Susan D’Antoni, Bakary Diallo, Stephen Downes, Robert Farrow, Norm Friesen, Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, Asha Kanwar, Wanjira Kinuthia, Balasubramanian Kodhandaraman, Karel Kreijns, Andy Lane, Samantha Lee-Pan, Airong Luo, Wayne Mackintosh, Stewart Marshall, Patrick McAndrew, Rory McGreal, Tim McNamara, Maria Soledad Ramírez Montoya, Dick Ng’ambi, Michael Paskevicius, Demetrios G. Sampson, Robert Schuwer, Shihaam Shaikh, George Siemens, Sofoklis Sotiriou, Jim Taylor, Abdurrahman Umar, Frederik Van Acker, Hans van Buuren, Marjan Vermeulen, Catherine Wangeci Thuo (Kariuki), Clayton R. Wright, Tsuneo Yamada, Panagiotis Zervas

Publishers: COL, Athabasca University (May 2013)

Categories: Monographs

ISBN: 9781894975629

Format: PDF (Portable Document Format)/Acrobat Reader

Additional Information:Also available in epub format.

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“Everyone has the right to education.”

UNESCO Paris Declaration on OER, 2012

“Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use. These educators are creating a world where each and every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge. They are also planting the seeds of a new pedagogy where educators and learners create, shape and evolve knowledge together, deepening their skills and understanding as they go.”

Cape Town Declaration, 2007

Open Educational Resources (OER) – that is, teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free to others to use, revise and share – offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of worldwide education. Those resources can be full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, software, and other materials and techniques used to promote and support universal access to knowledge.

This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:

  • OER in Academia – describes how OER are widening the international community of scholars, following MIT’s lead in sharing its resources and looking to the model set by the OpenCourseWare Consortium
  • OER in Practice – presents case studies and descriptions of OER initiatives underway on three continents
  • Diffusion of OER – discusses various approaches to releasing and “opening” content, from building communities of users that support lifelong learning to harnessing new mobile technologies that enhance OER access on the Internet
  • Producing, Sharing and Using OER – examines the pedagogical, organisational, personal and technical issues that producing organisations and institutions need to address in designing, sharing and using OER

Instructional designers, curriculum developers, educational technologists, teachers, researchers, students, others involved in creating, studying or using OER: all will find this timely resource informative and inspiring.

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