POERUP:
Policies for OER Uptake
Paul Bacsich, Sero
OCWC 2014
Ljubljana
Slovenia
23-25 April 2014
POERUP Partners
1. Sero (coordinator)
2. University of Leicester
3. Open University
of the Netherlands
4. University of Lo...
Context and rationale
• Over ten years of the OER movement
• Hundreds of OER repositories worldwide
• Lack of uptake by te...
Focus of POERUP
• Stimulating the uptake of OER through policy
• Building on previous initiatives (such as OPAL,
Olnet and...
POERUP timescales revised
• Bid submitted March 2011
• Preparatory and related studies: 2011
• Project started: November 2...
This presentation
• Summarises our conclusions, with examples
• Along with some thoughts about the process
and future proj...
POERUP Achievements
• Inventory of more than 400 OER initiatives worldwide (120 notable)
• 30 country reports – 3 more com...
Country reports
Then we shall look at policy
interventions
(no time to discuss initiatives
or case studies in this talk)
Country reports (done by POERUP)
• 30 in all, at least one from each continent
• Europe: 15 out of 28 EU states; and Norwa...
Country reports – conclusions
• Many countries are doing very little OER
stricto sensu
• Even fewer have policies about or...
Country reports – issues
• Relied on other projects that were claiming to
be doing OER reports, tried to avoid overlap
• W...
Country reports – solutions
• Currently updating all our country reports
• Also reporting on Ireland, Germany, and Brazil
...
Policy interventions
To foster OER and activities that in
turn will foster OER
All our policy work since autumn 2013 has
taken account of the EU initiative:
Opening up Education
http://europa.eu/rapid/...
Innovation
The key
but only at scale
Innovation – innovative institutions
• Since the era of building open
universities there has been little visible
activity ...
New-build institutions opening up education
Innovation – recommendation
• The European Commission should set up a
competitive innovation fund to set up one new
“Europ...
Accreditation and quality
“Outside the rules”
or
“Within the (new) rules”
Accreditation of prior learning
• The Commission should recommend to universities that
they should to improve and procedur...
Thank you for listening
Paul Bacsich
For the POERUP team
http://www.poerup.info
http://poerup.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page
...
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POERUP is carrying out research to understand how governments can stimulate the uptake of OER by policy means. We aim to convince decision-makers that in order to be successful with OER, they will have to formulate evidence-based policies based on looking beyond one’s own country, region or continent, beyond the educational sector they look after. POERUP aims to study the end-user–producer communities behind OER initiatives. By comparing in-depth European case-studies to selected non-European ones we will refine and elaborate recommendations to formulate a set of action points that can be applied to ensuring the realisation of successful, lively and sustainable OER communities. We want to provide education authorities, the research community and OER initiative management with trustworthy and balanced research results, in which feedback from all stakeholder groups has been incorporated and which can be used as standard literature. A specific objective is to help readers in charge of OER initiatives to find ways of incorporating successful features of other initiatives.

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POERUP – Policies for OER Uptake

  1. 1. POERUP: Policies for OER Uptake Paul Bacsich, Sero OCWC 2014 Ljubljana Slovenia 23-25 April 2014
  2. 2. POERUP Partners 1. Sero (coordinator) 2. University of Leicester 3. Open University of the Netherlands 4. University of Lorraine 5. SCIENTER 6. EDEN 7. Athabasca University (Canada) 2
  3. 3. Context and rationale • Over ten years of the OER movement • Hundreds of OER repositories worldwide • Lack of uptake by teachers and learners • Shift from development to community building and articulation of OER practice 3
  4. 4. Focus of POERUP • Stimulating the uptake of OER through policy • Building on previous initiatives (such as OPAL, Olnet and SCORE) • Through country reports (target 24, now 30) • And case studies, evaluating successful OER communities • Linked to ODS, IIEP, IPTS and non-EU initiatives 4
  5. 5. POERUP timescales revised • Bid submitted March 2011 • Preparatory and related studies: 2011 • Project started: November 2011 • Project funded period ends: June 2014 • Final reports due: end August 2014 5
  6. 6. This presentation • Summarises our conclusions, with examples • Along with some thoughts about the process and future projects • Within the context of the European Commission’s Opening Up Education policy recommendations 6
  7. 7. POERUP Achievements • Inventory of more than 400 OER initiatives worldwide (120 notable) • 30 country reports – 3 more coming • 7 case studies including Wikiwijs, ALISON (Ireland), OER U (global) and FutureLearn (UK mostly) • 3 EU-level policy documents for universities, VET and schools • In progress: 8 policy documents for UK (x3), Ireland, France, Netherlands, Poland – and Canada KA3 ICT
  8. 8. Country reports Then we shall look at policy interventions (no time to discuss initiatives or case studies in this talk)
  9. 9. Country reports (done by POERUP) • 30 in all, at least one from each continent • Europe: 15 out of 28 EU states; and Norway • Americas: US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina • Asia: Gulf States, Thailand • Africa: South Africa • Australia and New Zealand 9
  10. 10. Country reports – conclusions • Many countries are doing very little OER stricto sensu • Even fewer have policies about or even directly relevant to OER • Yet across the world there are perhaps 500 OER initiatives currently active – or recently active 10
  11. 11. Country reports – issues • Relied on other projects that were claiming to be doing OER reports, tried to avoid overlap • Worked out well with OER Asia • Worked out less well with other projects • Did not take account of countries entering the OER scene late or reports going out of date 11
  12. 12. Country reports – solutions • Currently updating all our country reports • Also reporting on Ireland, Germany, and Brazil • Also doing rapid continental “helicopter” scans across Africa, Hispanic America and Asia – Focussing just on initiatives and policies not context – And there will be a map, plus data supplied to collaborators in “common format” – specific collaboration with eMundus 12
  13. 13. Policy interventions To foster OER and activities that in turn will foster OER
  14. 14. All our policy work since autumn 2013 has taken account of the EU initiative: Opening up Education http://europa.eu/rapid/press- release_IP-13-859_en.htm
  15. 15. Innovation The key but only at scale
  16. 16. Innovation – innovative institutions • Since the era of building open universities there has been little visible activity in creating innovative institutions
  17. 17. New-build institutions opening up education
  18. 18. Innovation – recommendation • The European Commission should set up a competitive innovation fund to set up one new “European” university each year for the next 5 years with a commitment to “low-system-cost” online education around a core of open content. • OUE: Support innovative teaching and learning environments, including through the use of structural and investment funds (ESIFs) • OUE: Establish a European Hub of Digitally Innovative Education institutions... complemented by a specific European Award of Digital Excellence
  19. 19. Accreditation and quality “Outside the rules” or “Within the (new) rules”
  20. 20. Accreditation of prior learning • The Commission should recommend to universities that they should to improve and proceduralise their activity on APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) including the ability to accredit knowledge and competences developed through online study and informal learning, including but not restricted to OER and MOOCs • Large Member States should set up an Open Accreditor if their HE sector is diverse with small institutions – OUE: Ensure that transparency and recognition instruments for formal education are adapted to new forms of learning including validation of skills acquired online 20
  21. 21. Thank you for listening Paul Bacsich For the POERUP team http://www.poerup.info http://poerup.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page Email paul.bacsich@sero.co.uk

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