• A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) 

      Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning (COL);United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2015)
      Its purpose is to provide readers with a quick and user-friendly introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and some of the key issues to think about when exploring how to use OER most effectively. The second section ...
    • Best Practice in Education Portals: Research Document Prepared for The Commonwealth of Learning and SchoolNet Africa 

      Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2002)
      A key feature of the ongoing growth of the Worldwide Web over the past five years has been a proliferation of web portals that focus on supporting school education. While many such sites require subscription and registration, ...
    • Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources 

      Butcher, Neil; Hoosen, Sarah (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2012)
      The Open Educational Resource (OER) movement, which began at the turn of the millennium, was motivated by the ideal that knowledge is the common wealth of humankind and should be freely shared. Most institutions that decided ...
    • A Government Policy Development Template to Progress Effective Implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) 

      Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2012)
      This template is designed to help governments to review and develop key policy issues for implementing effective OER policy at national level.
    • Guide to Developing Open Textbooks 

      Moore, Andrew; Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-09)
      This how to guide has been developed to assist teachers, teaching support personnel and educational technology administrators to: understand the value of open education, OER and open textbooks for teaching and learning; ...
    • Harnessing OER to Develop Teachers: The Guyana Experience 

      Butcher, Neil; Moore, Andrew; Hoosen, Sarah (Commonwealth of Learning, 2014)
      The Ministry of Education in Guyana has prioritised increasing the number of qualified teachers by providing opportunities to both pre- and in-service teachers to gain relevant qualifications. This paper describes the ...
    • Harnessing OER to Drive Systemic Educational Change in Secondary Schooling 

      Butcher, Neil; Moore, Andrew; Hoosen, Sarah (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2014)
      This paper reports on two action research projects which explored the challenge of determining the conditions under which use of OER can drive a transformative educational agenda in schooling systems. At St Peter’s College ...
    • Knowledge Management Strategies for Distance Education 

      Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2007)
      During the past century, rapid development of an information society and growth in the quantity of accessible information was given considerable momentum with the development of information and communication technologies ...
    • Open Educational Resources (OER) Guide for Students in Post-Secondary and Higher Education 

      Hoosen, Sarah; Moore, Derek; Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-03)
      This guide provides an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) for students in post-secondary and higher education. It is aimed at helping you, as students, to explore the value of good quality OER, and provides ...
    • Open Educational Resources and Change in Higher Education: Reflections from Practice 

      Glennie, Jenny; Harley, Ken; Butcher, Neil; van Wyk, Trudi (Commonwealth of Learning (COL)United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Section for Higher Education (UNESCO), 2012)
      In the last decade in particular, the promotion, sharing and use of open educational resources (OER) have been growing exponentially. However, as with any new phenomenon or paradigm, our knowledge of OER’s ramifications ...
    • PREST in Open and Distance Learning: Using Programme Monitoring in Research and Evaluation (B1 Handbook) 

      Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      When you have worked through this handbook, you should be able to: 1 Differentiate between monitoring and evaluation. 2 Define what kinds of monitoring information need to be gathered to inform research and evaluation of ...
    • Separating Rhetoric from Reality: The Process of Institutionalizing OER Practices at African Universities 

      Ngugi, Catherine; Butcher, Neil (Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Open University Malaysia (OUM), 2016-11)
      OER Africa is working with four universities in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa to support the deepening of pedagogical practices that employ open educational resources (OER) and use information and communication ...
    • Understanding Open Educational Resources 

      Butcher, Neil; Moore, Andrew (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2015-08)
      The fact that you are reading this lesson suggests that you have heard of open educational resources (OER). Currently, there is a lot of buzz about OER. Some see them as totally revolutionising how we bring learning ...