UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairs in OER
There are now two UNESCO/COL Chairs in OER, one in Canada at Athabasca University (Rory McGreal) and the other in New Zealand at Otago Polytechnic (Wayne Mackintosh). They are working with the UNESCO Chair in OER at the Dutch Open University (Fred Mulder) and the UNESCO Chair in OER at the University of Campinas (Tel Amiel) Brazil. // The co-operating Chairs have agreed on a global Plan of Action that can add value to the voluminous worldwide activity that is already there in the field of OER. We distinguish four main Lines of Action, each championed by one of the Chairs: 1. Global OER Graduate Network (Open University of the Netherlands); 2. OER Knowledge Cloud (Athabasca University); 3. The OER university (Otago Polytechnic); and 4. K12 initiatives (University of Campinas) to come. and two enabling Lines of Action: 5. Global OER Map of national and institutional OER initiatives 6. Global balance in the network of UNESCO Chairs in OER, connected in a UNESCO UNITWIN network. // Paper ID: 38
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McGreal, Rory (2013-11)An international panel of experts in OER will provide their views on the state of the art in OER creation and deployment. This will include reports on OER activities on four continents and regions and on the development ...
Conrad, Dianne; Mackintosh, Wayne; McGreal, Rory; Murphy, Angela; Witthaus, Gabi (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2013)This report shares the findings and lessons learned from an investigation into the economics of disaggregated models for assessing and accrediting informal learners, with particular attention to the OER University (OERu) ...
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OER policy development and usage: a study of progress in two countries since the 2012 COL & UNESCO Survey Ngengebule, Thandiwe A; Nonyongo, Evelyn P (2013-11)Valuable information on the nature and extent of existing OER policy and activity has been provided in the 2012 COL & UNESCO Survey on Governments' Policies which, inter alia, noted that the qualitative responses from the ...
McGreal, Rory (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2013)Open Educational Resources (OER) are free learning resources available on the Internet. OER can be openly licensed or in the public domain, and can be used or reused for free. They can exist in many formats: text (either ...