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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.

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Improving the quality of educational resources

This chapter investigates how open educational resources (OER) can help facilitate the continual improvement of educational resources. This is largely made possible through the adaptability of OER. The presented cases show that the flexibility of OER leads to the need to rethink quality assurance mechanisms. The final section of the chapter discusses the possibilities of using both more open quality assurance mechanisms and applying standards to ensure that what is learnt using OER is recognised in formal education.

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