IITE Project OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES IN NON-ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

The term Open Educational Resources (OER) was adopted at a UNESCO meeting in 2002 to refer to the open provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes.

Open Educational Resources:
the Way Forward. UNESCO, 2008

Since 2010 the Institute has been implementing a project on Open Educational Resources in non-English-speaking countries.

Objectives

The project is aimed at advocating the OER movement and building the capacity in production, sharing and use of OER in UNESCO Member States, in particular, in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Baltic States and other non-English-speaking countries.

Approach

The project activities build on the results of examination of the needs, capacities, opportunities and challenges for the production and use of OER in the selected countries. Emphasis is placed on the exploration and dissemination of best practices, raising awareness of open licenses and development of recommendations for a wider use of OER in educational practice.

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution…
…academic and research output as well as the national cultural heritage made available in digital format with the use of public funds should also be available for free for education.

Giving Knowledge for Free.
OECD/CERI, 2007

Main components of the IITE OER project:

  • - Research, case studies and surveys of best practices
  • - OER policy advocacy
  • - OER, Intellectual property rights and open licenses
  • - Information sharing
  • - Capacity building in OER production and use

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