A panel of higher-education experts met on Tuesday to discuss on the issues and future of open education, there were optimisic and positive opinions on what OER can evolve to benefit our education. The related news and brief can be found in this post. The presentations sponsored by the Center for American Progress and CAEL on February 7 showcased innovative approaches to OER, as well as the ways in which federal policymakers can support and encourage more of these kinds of programs.
Martha J. Kanter, U.S. under secretary of education, highlighted three questions that open-education-resource providers should keep in mind as the movement grows.
How can publishers establish peer-review systems to vouch for the quality of educational materials? What will the market for open-education resources look like? And how will these tools increase the affordability of education?
Web-based educational tools hold the promise of both reducing the cost of higher education and helping learners complete their degrees.
Here is the list of recommended reading about OER :
- Dramatically Bringing Down the Cost of Education with OER ( licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License)
See also: Open Educational Resources
Download this issue brief (pdf)
- Cape Town Open Education Declaration
- Basic OER Guide
- Open Course Library
- OER licensing
- OER in Africa
- The Power of Open
- Free to Learn Guide
For the complete version of this policy brief, please see Rebecca Klein-Collins, Amy Sherman, and Louis Soares, “Degree Completion Beyond Institutional Borders.”
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