Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources

Alejandra has just pointed out this recently published report, by the OECD on Open Educational Resources. It is a 153 page document discusses the prevelance of individuals and organisations who are making their digital learning resources available for free.

"The report offers an overview of the rapidly changing phenomenon of Open Educational Resources and the challenges it poses for higher education. It examines reasons for individuals and institutions to share resources for free, and looks at copyright issues, sustainability and business models as well as policy implications.

This topic of Open Content follows on on from the CELT conference session on Creative Commons, Copyright, and the NDLR, where talks by Bob Clarke (UCD), Catherine Bruen (Trinity), and Maureen O’Sullivan, (NUIG) illuminated some of the issues involved. As such is it a useful supplemental reading.

The group behind the report consisted of Graham Attwell from Pontydysgu, UK, Susan D’Antoni from UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, Knud Erik Hilding-Hamann from the Danish Technological Institute, Francis Muguet from ENSTA, France, Sally Johnstone from University of Winona, United States, and James Dalziel from Macquaire University, Australia, amongst others. During the study the Secretariat has co-operated extensively with UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, but also with the European Schoolnet and the Open eLearning Content Observatory Services (OLCOS), a project funded by the European Commission.

Download the full report at:

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