Building a European OER Ecosystem - State of Play across Tech, Policy, Quality, Business & Innovation :sync:

Prof Dr Ulf-Daniel Ehlers (Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe, Germany), Juliane Granly (International Council for Open, Distance Education, ICDE)

Although there have been great developments in OER technologies, many innovative OER-related projects and a growing stakeholder acceptance towards OER, Europe will only make leapfrog advances through a deep integration of OER into a comprehensive multi-stakeholder and sustainable OER ecosystem. In line with the “Promoting and reinforcing international cooperation” action area of the Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) (UNESCO, 2019), the 3-year intitiave European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education (ENCORE+) facilitates the creation of a European Ecosystem for OER through promoting and stimulating cross-border collaboration through joint research and bringing together as well as growing the European OER community through collaboration.

The initiative aims to create four engaging European network communities – open to anyone interested – actively involving stakeholders in and outside of Europe through four streams of engagement: OER Technology, Policies & Practice, Quality and Innovation & Business Models. The Community Circles will jointly consolidate a new, integrated vision and understanding of how OER and Open Education can foster innovation in higher education and business across Europe.

The presentation will provide findings from joint research - including desk research, qualitative expert interviews as well as a pan-European survey which was implemented between April and June 2021 as part of the ENCORE+ project - along with insights from the first round of ENCORE+ circle events. Webinar participants will gain insights into the current state of play of OER through a multi-stakeholder perspective from higher education and business across Europe and how to further contribute to shaping Europe’s next OER Ecosystem. The presentation is an invitation to jointly reflect, discuss and debate the findings and lessons learnt as part of the session and beyond through OEGlobal Connect.

Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_103.pdf 📄

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UNESCO OER Action Area: Facilitating international cooperation

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