Authors: Rong-Fuh Louh, Hui-Chuan Wang
Institution: University Library, Feng Chia University
Topic: Applications of Open Education Practices/Open Pedagogy/Open Education Research
Sector: Higher Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Sustainable OER
Session Format: Presentation
AbstractThe personal digital learning at various levels is a global trend along with booming of information and communication technology, fast development of cloud computing and increasing acceptance of mobile devices in our daily life. Digital transformation for higher education is inevitably motivated and practically necessary for large scale lockdown around the world due to recent Covid-19 pandemic. The worldwide rapid development of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is a mainstream to meet needs of self-directed learning and personal choice and freedom of learning styles, especially for college education and on-job training. In Taiwan, we see that the quest of equality and fairness for accepting fundamental education and advanced professional training truly relies on development and organization of open educational resources (OERs), which allow educators to share, use, copy or edit available course contents based on open license. Chinese Open Education Consortium (COEC), a non-profit organization, is devoted to effective uses and promotion for continuous production or expansion of needed digital learning resources. Currently the COEC has established a searchable database containing metadata related to available OERs including e-textbooks in English and in Mandarin, pictorial data or images, digital learning resources (e.g. cooperation with General Education TW; GET). Moreover, COEC offers numerous educational resources on training courses, workshops and conferences covering a wide range of interesting topics such as instructional design, education assessment, learning data analytics, immersive learning technology, intelligence properties and so on. So far COEC puts more than 470 MOOCs into a collection as open access for self-directed learning purposes. It is our hope and an ongoing mission to initiate a movement to encourage all the creators of digital related educational resources to join an authorization channel of creative commons (CC) for better and effective use of OERs.
E-learning, Digital learning, Open educational resources (OERs), Chinese Open Education Consortium (COEC), Higher education, Self-directed learning