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Pedagogies for the Open Knowledge Society

Learning challenges within the knowledge society cannot be limited to thetechnological dimension. Leaming and education are embedded in economic, political and cultural contexts. Pedagogies reflect this social  condition.

The Review Project

This review provides a summary of all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption.  This version will be updated with new articles as the authors become aware of them.

Impact of Open Licensing on the Early Reader Ecosystem

The Impact of Open Licensing on the Early Reader Ecosystem examines how to use open licensing to promote quality learning resources for young children that are relevant and interesting. Research in early reading tends to focus on traditional publishing value and supply chains, without taking much consideration of new approaches and solutions emerging from the digitization of content and the impact of open licences. Production innovations considered include content creation models, storybook management and storage, and printing and distribution.

OER Policy Development Toolkit for Higher Education

The interactive toolkit allows you to choose a policy statement in various categories and create an output of a completed Open Policy for your Institution. The toolkit is licensed CC BY and we would love for you to reuse it, remix it, revise it, and/or redistribute it.

Challenges of Open Educational Resources: A Comparative Study Between Shanghai Open University and the Open University of Tanzania

The study discusses the challenges of open educational resources and in doing so makes a comparative analysis between Shanghai Open University and the Open University of Tanzania. The study uses descriptive survey research design to examine the challenges of open educational researches and hence make a comparative analysis between Shanghai Open University and the open university of Tanzania. 

Early Experiences of the Course Conversion to OER Process at Open University of Tanzania

This presentation provides the staged processes and lessons learning in the early stages of course converstion to open educational resources (OER) at the University of Tanzania.

Accessibility of Open Educational Resources for Distance Education Learners: The Case of the Open University of Tanzania

This paper investigated the accessibility of Open Educational Resources at The Open University of Tanzania. Specifically, the study looked at staff and students’ level of awareness on the types of OER available at OUT Library, access and use trends of OER by academic staff and students, challenges faced in accessing OER and possible solutions. The study involved one hundred and twenty (120) students and eighty (80) academic staff who were randomly selected. Primary data for this study was collected through self-administered questionnaires.

Dimensions of Open Research: Critical Reflections on Openness in the ROER4D Project

Open Research has the potential to advance the scientific process by improving the transparency, rigour, scope and reach of research, but choosing to experiment with Open Research carries with it a set of ideological,

legal, technical and operational considerations. Researchers, especially those in resource-constrained situations, may not be aware of the complex interrelations between these different domains of open practice,

Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation

Open Educational Resources (OER) — teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free for others to use, revise and share — offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of worldwide education. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO co-organised the World OER Congress in 2012 in Paris.