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University of Edinburgh Open Educational Resources Policy

This policy outlines the University’s position on Open Educational Resources (OERs) and provides guidelines for practice in learning and teaching.

Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts: National Policy on Open Educational Resources

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction in the use of open educational resources (hereinafter referred to as OER) to increase access to and support quality learning and teaching in Fiji’s education and training system. In doing so, the policy seeks to strengthen commitment to OER by all concerned including the Government.

Student Practices in Copyright Culture: Accessing Learning Resources

Using Schatzki’s practices framework as a lens, this paper reports on the practices of university students accessing learning resources at a research-intensive  university in South Africa. Using a mixed methods approach, 1001 survey responses and six focus groups were analysed to explore how students in three professional disciplines access learning resources, with the focus on digitally-mediated piracy practices. The findings suggest a blurring between the legal and the illegal and indicate the normalcy of piracy practices, with nuanced distinctions and understandings manifest. 

Introduction to Christian Ethics (UCC204)

The unit provides an introduction to Christian ethics and is a one trimester, university common course. It is part of the core curricular of the university. It is a two credit hour course, covered within 28 hours of the university’s trimester calendar. The course is taken by all undergraduate students in all programmes offered at Africa Nazarene University. Students taking the class need to think about ethical issues encountered in their careers. The unit will provide you with principles needed in making moral decisions from a Christian perspective.

Utilising Open Educational Resources (OER) in Support of Curriculum Transformation at Africa Nazarene University

This OER Africa presentation, made at the ALARA 9th Action Learning Research Congress in November 2015, discusses the participatory action research approach that is being used at the Africa Nazarene University (ANU).

Africa Nazarene University: Policy on OER Integration Into ODeL and Campus-based Provision

The purpose of this OER Policy is to:
  • guide the development and review of OER materials prior to sharing them on a worldwide scale
  • clarify publication rights and licensing issues
  • outline policies regarding the use of required infrastructure (information technology, library, etc.) and other support services
  • identify human and other resources to support faculty in developing OER for teaching and learning
  • define collaborations within and external to the university and the intent to allow access.

Adult Education and Open Educational Resources: Study

This study reviews the current use of Open Educational Resources in Adult Education, assesses its potential and makes recommendations for policy interventions, taking account of the European Commission’s policy frameworks. It incorporates new research on over 12 Member States, leveraging on a synthesis of existing research from a range of projects including POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) and a 2014-15 study on Shared OER for the Joint Research Centre, augmented by two more recent studies for JRC and LLP.

Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources

Financial issues regarding the sustainable production, dissemination, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education are reviewed and proposed solutions critiqued. Use of OER produce demonstrable cost savings for students. Yet OER development continues to rely almost completely on government and philanthropic funding. This indicates that a mismatch exists between the financial interests of students and those of higher education institutions.

Foundations for OER Strategy Development

The purpose of this document is to provide a concise analysis of where the global OER movement currently stands: what the common threads are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a community. The first draft was born from a meeting of 26 OER leaders in February 2015.

Open Content Licensing: A Three-Step Guide for Academics

This guide will enable academics to make informed and purposeful decisions about
licensing their work openly.