Initiatives in countries from South Africa to Vietnam are fueling the growth of open educational resources. Open educational resources are claiming a place in schools in a diverse array of countries.
South Africa’s Education Department is printing math and science textbooks produced from such resources for use in grades 10 through 12. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education has developed a platform called Wikiwijs for employing open resources. Vietnamese educators are translating such resources and creating their own to build a repository available for their country’s students.
“It’s interesting to watch this whole field of open education resources grow from embryonic to industry-challenging,” said Lisa Petrides, the executive director of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, a nonprofit research organization in Half Moon Bay, Calif., that created the OER Commons, a repository of open education resources.