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Scotland has a distinctive and highly regarded tradition of education that is recognised internationally. However, while the Scottish Government has been active in formulating Digital Future strategies and open data policies, it has yet to articulate policies to support open education and open educational resources.
Elsewhere in the UK, the Higher Education Funding Council for England funded a £15M (€17,5M) OER programme, which ran from 2009 to 2012. The UKOER Programme, managed by JISC and the Higher Education Academy and supported by Cetis, funded a large number of projects that released OERs, developed and embedded open practices and built capacity within institutions and across subject domains. Although restricted to the English HE sector, the UKOER Programmes demonstrated that open educational resources and practices have the potential to address current issues in Scottish education.
Although no comparable funding programme exists in Scotland, a number of ‘grassroots’ initiatives are emerging from the further and higher education sector that are opening up Scottish education. In order to explore how Scotland can leverage the power of open to develop the nation’s unique education offering, support social inclusion and inter-institutional collaboration and sharing, and engage with EU open education directives, Cetis are facilitating an Open Scotland Summit, which will explore the development of open education policies and practices for Scotland. This paper will provide a critical overview of open education initiatives in Scotland in the wider context of UK, European and global developments, and present the outcomes and findings of the Open Scotland Summit.