Open Education Resources: Innovation for Development
International Perspectives on Technology-Enhanced Learning, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education, Vancouver, Canada, 13 July 2013, Presented by Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Jointly authored by Professor Asha Kanwar and Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Commonwealth of Learning // Distinguished Colleagues, It is a pleasure and an honour to be here and I am very grateful to the Professor Tom Sork and the organisers for the opportunity. My topic today is: Open Education Resources: Innovation for Development? // I will first look at the Commonwealth context and the issues of development that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency if the internationally agreed development goals are to be achieved by 2015. I will then look at the emergence of OER which are seen as an innovation that cut costs, improve quality and enhance access to education and training. This will lead to the question of whether the development and use of OER are addressing some of the development challenges in many countries of the global south. I will outline some of the strategies that we need to harness OER so that the development objectives can be achieved. Finally, I will share some examples of what my own organization, the Commonwealth of Learning had done to promote OER for development.