The Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) will meet with the Secretary-General today to hand over their culminating report A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The IEAG consists of over 20 international experts convened by the … Read more
This website gathers and publishes evidence about the impact of open educational resources (OER). It is maintained by the OER Research Hub project. The purpose is to help people understand the impact of OER.
"The report commissioned by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, “Public Spending in Latin America: Does It Fulfill the Declaration of Paris’ Suggestions for Open Educational Resources?” is now available in English."
"We aggregate and filter data that relates to our research hypotheses.To see some of the evidence we have gathered visit our OER Impact Map. There you will find up to date reporting on each of our hypotheses as well as summaries for different countries and help on using the site. Links are also provided to OER maps by others as well as free tools for data visualization and mapping,"
It’s been seven years since I introduced the 4Rs framework for thinking about the bundle of permissions that define an open educational resource, or OER. The framework of permitted activities – reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute – has gained some traction in the field, and I’m happy that people have found it useful. The 4Rs play a critical role in my own thinking about OER, and my operational definition of OER now includes two main criteria: (1) free and unfettered access to the resource, and (2) whatever copyright permissions are necessary for users to engage in the 4R activities. But while the framework has served the field well – and has shaped my own thinking, too – I believe the time has come to expand it.
Six summary recommendations for the advancement of OEP for adult learning in Europe:
1. Recognise that ‘learning’ takes place everywhere 2. Extend the range of people and organisations who produce and use resources 3. Think of OER more broadly than as content 4. Promote awareness of open licensing and its implications 5. Improve the usability of OER 6. Plan for sustained change
I'm pretty sure I'm the first person to ever use the iceberg analogy... I've been pondering ways of thinking about open education awareness, and OER usage that might help shape OER policy. So here's one I want to try out....
All I want for Christmas is for the world to be more open.
But I know from my interactions all around the world that most people struggle to understand what open is and its implications. New open models require a rethinking of traditional models whether they be education models, business models, models of government, models of research, models of publishing, music, or the arts.
And of course new models can be scary. They threaten the status quo, they challenge pre-conceived notions on how things work, and generate fear of the unknown. So I’ve put on my Santa hat and here, on Christmas Eve day, I’m working on what I think of as a gift for the world – new models for a new year. This is a gift we unwrap together with an open mind. Lets get started..."
"The search engine only indexes content with either a public domain and / or Creative Commons license, and as such everything within it is available for reuse without any major need for copyright clearance or checking.
All of this is open source. The goal is hopefully to allow people from all over the world (the code is internationalised) to create their own repositories and curate their own open content. The code also has a modularised structure and so can be extended relatively quickly to allow for different tools, new APIs and new features. Hopefully with some more time the site could become almost WordPress like with the ease of usage and so on, so forth.
We've tried to create a topology around the repository, focusing on promoting and encouraging reuse and repurposing. Tied into the repository is a series of APIs and tools which would allow (OAI style) for a series of repositories to talk to each other and share resources to harvest. We've also a second Moodle plugin (https://github.com/solvonauts/moodle-url-reporting-plugin) which allows the repository to visit your Moodle (should you so wish) and see if you've used any resources that we have information on. In doing so, an idea of how popular a resource is (sort of paradata) could be. Paradata could be used to influence search results, or could be displayed as per metadata.
In terms of where we can harvest / index, at present the harvesting code supports RSS (all types), ATOM, OAI (DC), FlickR API, Tumblr API, Youtube API and the Slideshare API. OER publishing seems to have moved to a publish almost everywhere (which I think is a good thing) but it makes indexing these resources properly hard.