Criteria’s for Quality Assurance in Designing and Developing Open Educational Resources for Schools

Deshmukh, Narendra D
Agarkar, Sudhakar C
Rawool, Satyawati
OER4S Project Team
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To achieve the dream of equal and just society we need to develop ourselves as a worthy and independent member learning community. To realize this dream every member must be free from fears of different kind that make people and communities vulnerable. To become fearless and empowered one needs to have free access to information and education. Many low cost, as well as, high cost technologies (if number of users is high, the cost will get lowered down) are available for to get information that tested for accuracy and updated, they can contextualize available information, and they can create new information and share it with interested communities worldwide. // Thus there are ample opportunities for responsible, experienced citizens to contribute towards the development of Open Educational Resources for learning. A project ”Development of Open Educational Resources for Schools (OER4S)” was jointly undertaken by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR, Mumbai, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) and Indian Consortium for Educational Transformation (I-CONSENT). The project is financially supported by the Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission (RGSTC), Government of Maharashtra. Open Educational Resources can be accessed freely by all the stakeholders (teachers, students, and parents) for their use. It is hoped that these resources will help to bring about qualitative changes in the teaching learning processes in Indian schools of Maharashtra as it is written is Marathi language. It can be used by all teachers and students in India. The aim of developing the resources is not add to what is already available but to design material that is locally and personally useful. We are in a process of developing high quality open learning resources for learners, parents and teachers. // The paper is focused on various issues of quality assurance of learning resources such as: What are of the indicators of quality to assure that our stakeholders are using resources for their empowerment? What type of quality indicators will assist users to play their respective roles effectively? What type of quality indicators will assist users to change their perspective of concepts related to education that aim at developing democratic society? These issues are discussed in the instant paper. // Paper ID 142

Promoting Open Educational Resources,Open Educational Resources (OER),Materials Development,Quality Assurance