From Open Educational Resources to Open Educational Practices

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Open Educational Practices: Unleashing the power of OER

OpenLearn Research Report 2006-2008

Diffusion and adoption of OER
An Expert Survey on the Barriers and Enablers of Open Educational Practices
Fostering Open Educational Practices
Barriers and Motivators for Using OER in Schools
Formation of Communities of Practice to Promote Openness in Education

The idea of open education has spread to hundreds of educational institutions, foremost higher education and adult learning institutions, across the globe. “Giving away knowledge for free” seemed like a revolutionary idea, it fascinates educators, interests learners, scares publishing houses and challenges educational organisations who view selling produced knowledge as their core-business. In Europe, Initiatives like the Open Educational Quality Initiative and the OERTest project are working on a culture shift in higher education and adult education to raise acceptance and educational transformation through OER.

Although open educational resources OER are high on the agenda of social and inclusion policies and supported by many stakeholders, their use in higher education HE and adult education AE has not yet reached the critical threshold.This has to do with the fact that the current focus in OER is mainly on expanding access to digital content, without considering whether this will support educational practices, and promote quality and innovation in teaching and learning. To provide educational opportunities for all citizens we suggest therefore, extending the focus beyond access, to include ‘innovative open educational practices’ OEP.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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