Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation

This book represents a continuation of previous work on this area and it differs from previous efforts, however, by examining specific OER implementations through different lenses. The various chapters illuminate OER not from a theoretical perspective, but from rich case studies of OER as they are unfolding in different regions. The different units highlight policy issues and lessons relevant to a wide variety of stakeholders, including government decision-makers, education officials, post-secondary leaders, school and district administrators, and instructors and teachers. Three issues are focused on in this book: policy, costs and transformation. While the chapters are sequenced alphabetically as per the country of the case discussed, they focus on a specific thematic issue, ensuring that the distinctiveness of different OER implementations comes to the fore, while resting within the confines of a set analytical framework. Each chapter is based on a relatively consistent structure that helps readers compare and assess the information as it is presented. Educational reform occurs in particular contexts, with unique characteristics and limitations, and the contributions serve to explore how these contexts influence OER in the different thematic domains.

The three recurrent themes that constitute the body of the publication provide examples of positive OER change, and they do not ignore failure or mince words about limitations. These case studies, within the thematic sections, provide an objective accounting of how particular OER efforts are proceeding. These provide a balanced perspective representing OER research and practice. The case studies highlight initiatives in both developed and developing country contexts.

Friday, January 1, 2016 (All day)
UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning
Fengchun Miao, Sanjaya Mishra, Rory McGreal
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