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OUT OER Institutional Analysis Workshop

Presentation by Brenda Mallinson at a workshop held at the Open University of Tanzania in 2014.

Separating Rhetoric from Reality: The Process of Institutionalizing OER Practices at African Universities

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 technologies (ICT) to improve teaching and learning at both faculty and institutional levels.

Federal pen Licensing Playbook

 Federal agencies are increasingly using open licensing to expand the impact and reach of their work, enable innovative use of federally-funded materials, and ensure that publicly funded resources are available to the public. We note shared practices and consideration s, common to the federal open licensing efforts thus far. This Playbook provides a practitioner's guide to using open licenses in the federal context, based on the shared experience.

Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources

 For those receiving funding from the UK HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resource Programme (2009- 2012), the sustainability of project outputs was one of a number of essential goals. Our approach for the hosting and distribution of health and life science open educational resources (OER) was based on the utilisation of the WordPress.org blogging platform and search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques to curate content  and  widen discovery.This paper outlines the approaches taken and tools used at the time, and reflects upon the effectiveness  of web strategies several years post-funding.

Open Educational Practices: Motivating Teachers to Use and Reuse Open Educational Resources

The paper presents the Open Educational Practices (OEP) initiative that was implemented in Greece, as part of the national strategy for digital educational content in primary and secondary education. It aimed at encouraging and motivating teachers to develop and share OEPs that draw upon the use and reuse of Open Educational Resources (OERs), found either at the Photodentro national content repositories for school education or elsewhere. A new Photodentro Repository for Open Educational Practices on resource-based learning was developed and used by teachers to host and share OEPs.

Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Evolving Higher Education Landscape: White Paper

Who’s using OER, who’s not, and why? Where is OER headed and do educational content providers fit into the picture? Out of primary and secondary research conducted by Cengage Learning in early 2016, a view emerged of the evolving OER landscape.

Open Educational Practices: A Literature Review

Despite the benefits to the adoption of open textbooks, other OER, and open educational practices, there has not yet been widespread uptake of these materials and methods. (Paradis, 2014) This paper will serve as a review of existing literature, exploring:

●     what open education means in current contexts

●     what problems the integration of open educational materials may help negate

●     what barriers may be impeding the adoption of such materials

●     who the stakeholders are and what their roles are in the integration of open materials and practices.

The Review Project

This review provides a summary of all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption.  This version will be updated with new articles as the authors become aware of them.

Impact of Open Licensing on the Early Reader Ecosystem

The Impact of Open Licensing on the Early Reader Ecosystem examines how to use open licensing to promote quality learning resources for young children that are relevant and interesting. Research in early reading tends to focus on traditional publishing value and supply chains, without taking much consideration of new approaches and solutions emerging from the digitization of content and the impact of open licences. Production innovations considered include content creation models, storybook management and storage, and printing and distribution.