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Monitoring Progress on Open Education in Germany

The paper summarises the situation of OER in Germany. An analysis of the scope of acceptance, use and implementation of the concept in educational institutions and policy, as well as an overview of the major actors and initiatives in the field of OER is presented. In addition, considerations 
about the concept of Open Educational Practices (OEP) and possible benefits for educational institutions are suggested.
 

Open Educational Resources (OER): Guidance for Institutional Decision Makers in Developing an OER Strategy

In the hope of reducing ever-rising educational costs, more universities are turning to open educational resources (OER) as a means of minimizing the financial burden on students.

Federal pen Licensing Playbook

 Federal agencies are increasingly using open licensing to expand the impact and reach of their work, enable innovative use of federally-funded materials, and ensure that publicly funded resources are available to the public. We note shared practices and consideration s, common to the federal open licensing efforts thus far. This Playbook provides a practitioner's guide to using open licenses in the federal context, based on the shared experience.

Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources

 For those receiving funding from the UK HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resource Programme (2009- 2012), the sustainability of project outputs was one of a number of essential goals. Our approach for the hosting and distribution of health and life science open educational resources (OER) was based on the utilisation of the WordPress.org blogging platform and search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques to curate content  and  widen discovery.This paper outlines the approaches taken and tools used at the time, and reflects upon the effectiveness  of web strategies several years post-funding.

Open Educational Practices: Motivating Teachers to Use and Reuse Open Educational Resources

The paper presents the Open Educational Practices (OEP) initiative that was implemented in Greece, as part of the national strategy for digital educational content in primary and secondary education. It aimed at encouraging and motivating teachers to develop and share OEPs that draw upon the use and reuse of Open Educational Resources (OERs), found either at the Photodentro national content repositories for school education or elsewhere. A new Photodentro Repository for Open Educational Practices on resource-based learning was developed and used by teachers to host and share OEPs.

OER Hub Researcher Pack

This pack concentrates on the toolsthe OER Hub at the Open University in the UK has developed. If you are more interested in how to conduct open research, then we have produced an open course, available also as an open textbook: Open Research.

Emerging OER Research Discipline

In this blog post Martin Weller talks about how OER as a discipline has emerged.

Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Evolving Higher Education Landscape: White Paper

Who’s using OER, who’s not, and why? Where is OER headed and do educational content providers fit into the picture? Out of primary and secondary research conducted by Cengage Learning in early 2016, a view emerged of the evolving OER landscape.

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions

Textbooks are a vital component in many higher education contexts. Increasing textbook prices, coupled with general rising costs of higher education have led some instructors to experiment with substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercial textbooks as their primary class curriculum.

Open Educational Practices: A Literature Review

Despite the benefits to the adoption of open textbooks, other OER, and open educational practices, there has not yet been widespread uptake of these materials and methods. (Paradis, 2014) This paper will serve as a review of existing literature, exploring:

●     what open education means in current contexts

●     what problems the integration of open educational materials may help negate

●     what barriers may be impeding the adoption of such materials

●     who the stakeholders are and what their roles are in the integration of open materials and practices.