RESEARCH, CASE STUDIES AND SURVEYS OF BEST PRACTICES
At its initial stage the project was focused on educational content in the Russian and national languages and involved most CIS and Baltic States.
The state-of-the-art, challenges and prospects for the development of OER were studied in the Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, as well as in Latvia and Lithuania. The surveys covered national policy for ICTs in education with a focus on OER-related issues, the current state of advancement of educational content, major achievements, challenges, and obstacles, including technological and IPR aspects.
The book „CIS on the Way towards Open Educational Resources” gives most useful summary about policies, initiatives and practice in the countries concerned. It describes the development of ICTs and the networking services in education, the state of art and trends in the use of information and communication technologies in learning, the legislation approaches and the movements towards international collaborations. It serves as valuable background for mapping of leading initiatives, organisational developments and as a revelant resource of
information. The factual compilation is completed by a critical analysis openly mentioning both bottlenecks and the progressive elements promoting development in the systems.
Dr Andras Szucs, Secretary General, EDEN
A synthesis report “CIS on the Way towards Open Educational Resources” provided recommendations for expanding the use of OER.
In 2011, the geographical scope of the IITE OER project expanded to include Japan, People’s Republic of China, Brazil, Turkey and Vietnam. These surveys provided a further insight into how OER-related patterns vary in non-English-speaking countries. IITE published the case studies on OER in Brazil (translated into the Portuguese), China, Lithuania and Russia. Several other case studies surveying best practices in OER in non-English-speaking countries are being prepared for publication. In total, surveys in 16 non-English speaking countries have been completed, several more are in progress, surveys in France and Poland are underway.