The report, which will be published late spring 2015, identifies six typical problems in education, which can benefit from OER production and use:
- fostering the use of new forms of learning for the 21st century
- fostering teachers’ professional development and engagement
- containing public and private costs of education
- continually improving the quality of educational resources
- widening the distribution of high quality educational resources
- reducing barriers to learning opportunities
The government survey carried out as part of the project has highlighted that government policies around the world set different priorities in this list. It is, for instance, interesting that the issue of cost is less frequently highlighted by governments as a major policy focus in connection with OER than most supporters’ arguments for OER would lead us to expect.
The presentation will focus on the findings of the CERI/OECD project on how OER can reach its potential and in what manner. In this, it will look at patterns of policy support used by governments around the world in order to attempt to answer the question: what policy support does OER need?