New OECD Publication: Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a new publication entitled:

Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation 

About the publication (from OECD website):

Education is the key to economic, social and environmental progress, and governments around the world are looking to improve their education systems. The future of education in the 21st century is not simply about reaching more people, but about improving the quality and diversity of educational opportunities. How to best organise and support teaching and learning requires imagination, creativity and innovation.
Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials that make use of tools such as open licensing to permit their free reuse, continuous improvement and repurposing by others for educational purposes. The OER community has grown considerably over the past 10 years and the impact of OER on educational systems has become a pervasive element of educational policy
This report aims to highlight state of the art developments and practices in OER, but also to demonstrate how OER can be a tool for innovation in teaching and learning.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Open educational resources (OER) in educational policy and practice
Chapter 2. Open educational resources (OER) as a catalyst for innovation
Chapter 3. Fostering new forms of learning for the 21st century
Chapter 4. Fostering teachers’ professional development
Chapter 5. Containing educational costs
Chapter 6. Improving the quality of educational resources
Chapter 7. Widening the distribution of high quality educational resources
Chapter 8. Reducing barriers to learning opportunities
Chapter 9. Research on open educational resources (OER) and the challenge of the extended lifecycle
Chapter 10. Securing the sustainability of open educational resource (OER) initiatives
Chapter 11. Public policy interventions to improve teaching and learning through open educational resources (OER)

Authors: Dominic Orr, Michele Rimini, Dirk van Damme

Dirk van Damme, Head of the Innovation and Measuring division, Directorate for Education and Skills at OECD wrote a post about this publication here.

The full text can be accessed here: