Open Educational Resources

A Catalyst for Innovation

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Education is the key to economic, social and environmental progress, and governments around the world are looking to improve their education systems. The future of education in the 21st century is not simply about reaching more people, but about improving the quality and diversity of educational opportunities. How to best organise and support teaching and learning requires imagination, creativity and innovation.

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials that make use of tools such as open licensing to permit their free reuse, continuous improvement and repurposing by others for educational purposes. The OER community has grown considerably over the past 10 years and the impact of OER on educational systems has become a pervasive element of educational policy

This report aims to highlight state of the art developments and practices in OER, but also to demonstrate how OER can be a tool for innovation in teaching and learning.



Fostering new forms of learning for the 21st century

This chapter looks at how open educational resources (OER) can facilitate learning that is appropriate for the 21st century. There is a high expectation that OER will lead to pedagogical change and more learner-centred experiences. The four cases of OER used give evidence for how it can support peer learning between learners and the individualisation of the learning experience. The closing section discusses the pedagogical challenge associated with using OER to their full potential.


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