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Presenters: Una Daly, Community College Outreach Manager at Open Courseware Consortium, Tom Caswell, Western Governor's University, Mrs. Frances Ferreira, Education Specialist for Open Schooling Initiative at Commonwealth of Learning.
The unanimous adoption of the 2012 Paris OER Declaration at the UNESCO World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress heralds a profound change to how publicly funded educational resources may be openly licensed and shared in the coming years.
A small number of large-scale publicly funded OER projects are in process, many more are anticipated worldwide, and effective strategies for managing this policy shift are needed. In this session we will examine two case studies to learn which strategies are currently being used to support publicly funded OER projects, and discuss what support will be needed to ensure the success of future large OER projects as more governments adopt open policies to require publicly funded resources be openly licensed resources.
Case Study 1: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) created the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program to encourage community colleges to create open education and vocational programs for unemployed workers. It represents one effort to introduce open policies into publicly funded projects by requiring that all materials created or modified with grant / public funds carry a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license to guarantee the resources can be reused, revised, remixed and redistributed.
Recognizing the need for grantees to fully understand these requirements, a private foundation is providing support for an OPEN Consortium (http://open4us.org) to provide consulting and direct technical assistance on open licensing, leveraging existing OER, universal design, accessibility, meta-data tagging, learning analytics, and developing open courseware. The TAConnecT program is another support mechanism that matches grantees with organizations that have expertise in many areas including faculty development of OER, measuring learning outcomes, developmental adult education, career workforce education, and open eLearning platforms.
Case Study 2: The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning / distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL has a decade-long history of helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training and the Open Schooling Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa represents a multi-country project to use OER and technology to implement universal access to secondary school education.
Using professional development workshops, educators and policymakers have received training on development and operation of open schools. Topics have included OER development, instructional design, radio broadcasting, learner suppor
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