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Defining openness: updating the concept of “open” for a connected world. By Patrick McAndrew Abstract The release of free resources by the education sector has led to reconsideration of how the open approach implied by Open Educational Resources (OER) impacts on the educator and the learner.

Defining openness: updating the concept of “open” for a connected world

Open education research: from the practical to the theoretical. By Patrick McAndrew and Robert Farrow Abstract Open Educational Resources (OER) remove restrictions for learners and educators by their nature.

Open education research: from the practical to the theoretical

OER are free of direct cost to the end user and, in most cases, are openly accessible online. Open education: A study in disruption. By P. van Mourik Broekman, G.

Open education: A study in disruption

Hall, T. Byfield, S. Hides and S. OpenCases: Case Studies on Openness in Education. By SOUTO-OTERO Manuel, INAMORATO DOS SANTOS ANDREIA, SHIELDS Robin, LAZETIC Predrag, CASTAÑO MUÑOZ JONATAN, DEVAUX Axelle, OBERHEIDT Stephanie and PUNIE Yves Abstract OpenCases is a study which is part of the OpenEdu Project.

OpenCases: Case Studies on Openness in Education

It is a qualitative study consisting of a review of literature on open education and nine in-depth case studies of higher education institutions, a consortium of universities, a private organisation and a national initiative. It analysed the rationale and enabling conditions for involvement in open education, open education activities, strategies, impact, challenges and prospects. How are Higher Education Institutions Dealing with Openness? A Survey of Practices, Beliefs, and Strategies in Five European Countries. By CASTAÑO MUÑOZ JONATAN, PUNIE Yves, INAMORATO DOS SANTOS ANDREIA, MITIC Marija and MORAIS Rita Abstract Open Education is on the agenda of half of the surveyed Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

How are Higher Education Institutions Dealing with Openness? A Survey of Practices, Beliefs, and Strategies in Five European Countries

The impact of openness on bridging educational digital divides. By Andy Lane Abstract Openness has been a feature of higher education for many decades, particularly through the establishment of Open Universities, although there remain debates about what openness means in practice.

The impact of openness on bridging educational digital divides

Digital technologies, some based on open principles, and digital content, aided by open licences, have both recently contributed to an extension of what is deemed possible under the heading of openness. Nevertheless, while in principle there may be greater degrees of openness available in higher education it does not mean in practice that many people can still readily avail themselves of these new opportunities to learn, not just because they do not have access to digital technologies but personal circumstances mean they also lack the necessary skills and the confidence to use such technologies in general or for education in particular.

OAI identifier: oai:open.ac.uk.OAI2:24791. Widening participation in higher education through open educational resources. By Andy Lane Abstract This chapter examines the role that open educational resources might play in widening participation in higher education.

Widening participation in higher education through open educational resources

It begins by highlighting the perceived importance of widening participation in higher education throughout the world and how that is defined, followed by the role that openness plays more generally in higher education, and then discusses the many ways in which open educational resources may help in opening up higher education by widening the audiences for them. It goes on to set out a conceptual framework for analysing both widening participation activities and open educational resources. Best Practice Report on Widening Participation in Higher Education Study through Open Educational Resources. By Andrew Lane Abstract This document provides an overview of the literature and includes the full set of case studies provided by partners describing how OER can or might influence participation in higher education in different states across Europe.

Best Practice Report on Widening Participation in Higher Education Study through Open Educational Resources

\ud \ud Executive summary\ud \ud 1. Inclusion in, and exclusion from, open education communities. Lane, Andrew; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Thomson, Simon (2014).

Inclusion in, and exclusion from, open education communities

Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014(2), article no. 1. Abstract This special issue is the fifth devoted to Open Educational Resources (OER) and the fourth to be drawn from papers presented at the annual UK-based OER conference. Collaborating across borders: OER use and open educational practices within the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Perryman, Leigh-Anne and Lesperance, John (2015).

Collaborating across borders: OER use and open educational practices within the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth

In: Open Education Global Conference 2015, 22-24 April, 2015, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Full text available as: Abstract This paper presents the findings of a research collaboration between the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) and the UK Open University-based OER Research Hub (www.oerresearchhub.org) and suggests that when user communities’ needs do not coincide with those of the majority, a model of open education resources (OER) development and sharing through open, transnational collaboration can offer a solution. Women’s empowerment through openness: OER, OEP and the Sustainable Development GoalsCORE. By Leigh-Anne Perryman and Beatriz de los Arcos Abstract This paper explores the potential of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in helping achieve women’s empowerment in the developing world. Our evidence comprises the Open Education Research Hub open dataset, featuring survey responses from 7,700 educators, formal and informal learners from 175 countries concerning the use of OER, the barriers faced in respect of OER adoption and OEP engagement, and the perceived impact of OER on teaching practices.

Learning the Lessons of Openness. By Patrick McAndrew, Robert Farrow, Patrina Law and Gary Elliott-Cirigottis Abstract The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement has built up a record of experience and achievements since it was formed 10 years ago as an identifiable approach to sharing online learning materials. In its initial phase, much activity was driven by ideals and interest in finding new ways to release content, with less direct research and reflection on the process. It is now important to consider the impact of OER and the types of evidence that are being generated across initiatives, organisations and individuals. Supporting lifelong learning with Open Educational Resources (OER) among diverse users: motivations for and approaches to learning with different OER. By Katarzyna Aldona Kozinska Abstract This thesis presents a study which aimed to understand: 1) What motivates and influences learning with Open Educational Resources (OER) among different users, and 2) What role OER play in supporting lifelong learning among different users.

The activities of key international organisations promoting lifelong learning as significant in the context of globalisation, combined with the innovative character of OER as high-quality open learning resources, were the reasons for the focus. \ud \ud The aim was to understand the function of OER through exploring motivational aspects, approaches to and contexts of individual learning among users of five different OER: penLearn, OpenSpires, OpenStudy, METU OpenCourseWare and Wolne Lektury. Reflecting on Open Educational Practices in Scotland. By Ronald Macintyre Abstract This paper reflects on the work of Open Educational Practices Scotland (OEPS) a Scottish Funding Councils (SFC) programme to promote the development and use of free and open online educational resources within the informal and formal education sectors in Scotland.

Hosted by the Open University (OU) in Scotland (OUiS) it leverages OU experience of Open Educational Resources (OER) in relation to the OUiS long history of working in partnership. Beyond the ivory tower: a model for nurturing informal learning and development communities through open educational practices. By Tony Coughlan and Leigh-Anne Perryman Abstract Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) are making an evergrowing impact on the field of adult learning, offering free high-quality education to increasing numbers of people.

Open Educational Practices and Attitudes to Openness across India: Reporting the Findings of the Open Education Research Hub Pan-India Survey. An Uneasy Relationship: Open Educational Practice and Neoliberalism. Open Education and the Hidden Tariff.