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Standards for Teacher Performance

Read this tool on standards for teaching performance. This ‘quick resource’ will help you find sources around quality and standards in initial teacher education.

School Functionality Resource Pack

Literature on school improvement projects suggests that interventions are more likely to succeed when they are implemented in schools with a certain basic level of functionality. What is school functionality and how do we determine levels of functionality? This BRIDGE Resource gives an overview of key points from selected texts, and directs you to a number of resources dealing with the topic.

BRIDGE'S School Profile Guide

BRIDGE’s Guides to Social Investment Interventions aim to support the work and spend of social investors who promote educational improvement.

2015 Open and Online Education Trend Report: Perspectives on Developments in Dutch Higher Education

For the fourth consecutive year, the Open Education Special Interest Group and SURFnet have prepared a trend report outlining the latest dynamic developments in the area of open content, open education and – as of this year – online (but not necessarily open) education. How is open education impacting campus education? Which new target groups are finding themselves drawn to open and online education, what are their specific needs, and how is the higher education sector responding to these demands? Effective online education requires valid online testing procedures.

Innovating Pedagogy 2015: Open University Innovation Report 4

This is the fourth in a series of annual reports on innovations in teaching, learning and assessment. The Innovating Pedagogy reports are intended for teachers, policy makers, academics and anyone interested in how education may change over the next ten years. This 2015 report introduces ten pedagogies that either already influence educational practice or offer opportunities for the future. By ‘innovative pedagogies’ we mean theories and practices of teaching, learning and assessment for the modern, technology-enabled world.

Adult Education and Open Educational Resources: Study

This study reviews the current use of Open Educational Resources in Adult Education, assesses its potential and makes recommendations for policy interventions, taking account of the European Commission’s policy frameworks. It incorporates new research on over 12 Member States, leveraging on a synthesis of existing research from a range of projects including POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) and a 2014-15 study on Shared OER for the Joint Research Centre, augmented by two more recent studies for JRC and LLP.

Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources

Financial issues regarding the sustainable production, dissemination, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education are reviewed and proposed solutions critiqued. Use of OER produce demonstrable cost savings for students. Yet OER development continues to rely almost completely on government and philanthropic funding. This indicates that a mismatch exists between the financial interests of students and those of higher education institutions.

Foundations for OER Strategy Development

The purpose of this document is to provide a concise analysis of where the global OER movement currently stands: what the common threads are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a community. The first draft was born from a meeting of 26 OER leaders in February 2015.

OER Issues: Apples, Orchards and Infrastructure

This blog by Kenneth Green reflects on the 12th Annual Open Educational Resources conference held in Vancouver in late 2015.

Understanding Open Educational Resources

These three lessons provide an introduction to open educational resources (OERs).  The interactive course is also available in the Commonwealth of Learning's Technology-enabled Learning Lounge. The course is accessible logging in as a guest.