Open Education Info Center

Policy Makers: Introduction to OER

Welcome to the world of open education. Various policies on open education at institutional and national level are being adopted around the world. This page provides an overview of open education related policies. In a presentation by SPARC, a tweet-sized summary on open education policy was given as “OER policy leverages OER as a solution to public problems”. What you define as a public problem may differ somewhat, but let us look at some of the efforts that are happening around maximizing access to education, increasing number of people that receive higher education, reducing education costs, improving quality of teaching and learning, and introducing transparency in education.

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What are the benefits of releasing OER?

There are many benefits that impact teaching and learning practices.

What are the barriers of adopting OER policies?

You can get a sense of what the barriers are in the survey done by UNESCO.

Where can I see a list of policies on OERs?

Creative Commons has OER Policy Registry where one can view OER related policies from all over the world. You can also read about policies in OER Policy Map published by JISC. Reading the UNESCO Paris Declaration will be helpful to find out more about what the worldwide community is aiming at.  The Cape Town Declaration is also something that requires attention of policy makers. The Scottish Open Education Declaration is a very recent one, and you can find it here.

Opening Up Europe is a major initiative that focuses on “openness”. The TAACCCT grant program from the Department of Labor is also a very important policy worth studying.