OER for Sustainable Development

The OER for Skills Development initiative is a three-year project funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, USA. Over the course of the project, COL intends to work with approximately 50 institutions at different levels of the educational spectrum to support capacity building in OER, the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching and learning, policy development for OER and the development of relevant courses by repurposing OER to be made available as OER.

It is expected that at least 50 percent of these institutions will adopt appropriate policies for OER, either as a stand-alone policy or within their policy for ODL and technology-enabled learning. It is further expected that these efforts will result in training for approximately 15,000 teachers and enable the development of over 120 courses suitable for use in classrooms and for independent lifelong learning.

COL’s long-term vision is for institutions and organisations across the Commonwealth to develop and use OER-based courses and materials in order to provide access to quality education and training and support the development of sustainable livelihoods for all Commonwealth citizens. 

OER in the Commonwealth 2016: Study

OER in the Commonwealth infographic.JPGA baseline survey study on open educational resources (OER) was conducted with partner institutions covering 30 countries in the Commonwealth. The study was conducted as part of the OER for Skills Development project of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The objective of the study was to collect baseline data from Commonwealth institutions with respect to the development, use and reuse of OER; the availability of support; and the challenges of fostering the use of OER. 

After a review of previous studies, six research questions were formed to analyse the status of OER in the Commonwealth, based on four recommendations in the 2012 Paris OER Declaration. A survey instrument was developed and peer-reviewed to collect data from the stakeholders.

As part of the data collection strategy, Fluid Survey was used and 20 champions were engaged to facilitate data collection across the Commonwealth. A total of 1,220 responses were received, of which 657 were complete. Of these 657 respondents, 374 were women (56.92%) and 282 were men (42.92%). They belonged to 214 institutions from 28 countries across the Commonwealth.

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