Robert Schuwer is Professor Open Educational Resources (OER) at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of ICT in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In September 2016 he was appointed Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on OER at Fontys. Since 2006 the majority of his work is about OER and Open Education.
Among other activities, he was project leader in the Wikiwijs program, aiming at enhancing awareness on OER and creating a national infrastructure for OER, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Education. Currently, he is the leader of the track “Towards digital (open) resources” in the Dutch Acceleration Plan for Innovating Higher Education using Information Technology.
His current research is on adoption of OER and other forms of open online education by the early and late majority of teachers.
Institution Website: https://www.robertschuwer.nl/
Project leader project towards digital (open) educational resources in national innovation program Acceleration Plan for educational innovation with ICT. The Digital (Open) Educational Resources Zone focuses on using the possibilities that digital educational resources can offer higher education to the fullest extent possible. Education benefits when teachers and students can easily tap into the increasingly rich range of digital educational resources – regardless of where the materials come from and whether they can be used commercially or openly – to put together and deploy the best possible mix in the classroom. A wider range of easily accessible educational resources can result in a better match with the vision of institutions and lecturers on education. More use of open educational resources lowers the costs for students. Forced by the corona crisis, more teaching than ever is now taking place online. It is expected that once the current crisis is over, a larger part of the teaching will remain online than was previously the case. Digital educational resources are, of course, essential.
"OER in TVET. Open Educational Resources for skills development" - is a research and advocacy project aimed at making a worldwide overview of the state of affairs and the extent to which the potential of Open Educational Resources (OER) is harnessed in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), commissioned by UNESCO-UNEVOC, Bonn, Germany.
Wikiwijs was the first initiative worldwide to create a national platform for OER, initiated by a government. The program run from 2009-2013. My role was project leader Content. In that role, I contributed to defining quality models for OER, supporting teachers to share their resources, and collaborated in defining an national application profile NLLOM, devised from IEEE LOM.