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Open educational resources : conversations in cyberspace
Education on the move
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Paris : United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, c2009
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172 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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PSZ JB 30000010297496 LB1044.87 O64 2009 Open Access Book Book

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Education systems today face two major challenges: expanding the reach of education and improving its quality. Traditional solutions will not suffice, especially in the context of todays knowledge-intensive societies. The goal of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement is to equalize access to knowledge worldwide through openly and freely available online high quality content. UNESCO has contributed to building global awareness about this movement by facilitating an extended conversation in cyberspace. Over a two-year period, a large and diverse international community discussed the concept and potential of OER in a series of online forums. The background papers and reports are now available in print, and provide food for thought for all those intrigued by OER its promise and its progress.

Table of Contents

Nicholas BurnettSusan D'AntoniSally JohnstoneAnne Margulies and Richard Baraniuk and Candace Thille and David WileyMohammed-Nabil Sabry and Peter Bateman and Pedro Aranzadi and Derrick TatePaul AlbrightKim Tucker and Peter BatemanBoris VukovicBoris Vukovic and Claude MartinBoris VukovicJan HylenJan HylenAlexa JoyceSusan D'Antoni
Contributing authorsp. 13
Forewordp. 15
Introductionp. 17
Section 1 A First Forum: Presenting the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement
1 Open Educational Resources: an introductory notep. 29
2 Providing OER and related issues: an introductory notep. 35
3 Using OER and related issues: an introductory notep. 49
4 Discussion highlightsp. 61
Section 2 Ongoing Discussion
5 A research agenda for OER: discussion highlightsp. 85
6 A 'Do-It-Yourself' resource for OER: discussion highlightsp. 97
7 Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and OERp. 105
Part 1 An introductory notep. 105
Part 2 Discussion highlightsp. 113
Section 3 A Second Forum: Discussing the OECD Study of OER
8 Mapping producers and usersp. 127
9 Why individuals and institutions share and use OERp. 135
10 Discussion highlightsp. 143
Section 4 Priorities for Action
11 Open Educational Resources: the way forwardp. 161