Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe
Published by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies on November 21, 2013
Authors: Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Allison Littlejohn, Eleni Boursinou, Claedonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Editors: Christine Redecker, Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, Yves Punie, IPTS, Seville Spain
This report synthesizes the findings of our “OER4Adults study”, a study conducted in 2012-13 by our team from the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer, Eleni Boursinou and Allison Littlejohn. The project was in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre IPTS, and in collaboration with DG Education and Culture. The website is at oer4adult.org
The project provides a knowledge base on opening up education &learning across europe. The report outlines an overview of Open Educational Practices in adult learning in Europe, identifying enablers and barriers to successful implementation of practices with OER. The report identifies over 150 Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives, and develops a typology that classifies them primarily by their main activity type.
Our survey – based on the typology – drew 36 responses from initiative leaders, and these are analysed against a context of developments in adult learning to arrive at an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing OER in adult learning in Europe. The analysis reveals six tensions that drive developing Open Educational Practices in adult learning; open versus free; traditional versus new approaches; altruism versus marketisation; community versus openness; mass participation versus quality; add- on versus embedded funding.
Our report recommends: 1. Recognising that ‘learning’ takes place everywhere; 2. Extending the range of people and organisations that produce and use resources; 3. Thinking about OER more broadly than as content; 4. Promoting awareness of open licensing and its implications; 5. Improving the usability of OER; and 6. Planning for sustained change.
The report is available at http://tinyurl.com/pk6nuvt