Robert Schuwer (Fontys University of Applied Sciences), Lieke Rensink (SURF), Gaby Lutgens (Maastricht University), Leontien Van Rossum (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)
Last year UNESCO launched a draft Recommendation on Open Science. Comparing this recommendation with the OER Recommendation, they have a large resemblance. In the Recommendation, OER is considered as one of the elements comprising Open Science, next to a.o. Open Data and Open Access.
However, in daily practice in Dutch institutions of Higher Education we observe that implementation to adopt outcome of both Open Science (more specifically Open Access and Open Data) and Open Education (more specifically OER) are often separated. This is remarkable, because there are a lot of similarities between the two phenomena. The challenges and dilemmas in both fields are similar: fear of commercial use of openly available resources, fear of free riding, uncertainty about copyright issues and fear of harming your career when involved in openness.
We can also learn from each other. One example to illustrate this. For scientific publications, there is an internationally recognized, highly developed and well-functioning ecosystem. In the case of OER, such an ecosystem does not yet exist, and the ecosystem to be developed should be linked to the existing education and training ecosystems. The ecosystem for scientific publications ensures that publications meet a minimum quality standard. A similar ecosystem is not available for OER.
As part of the Acceleration Plan for Educational Innovation with IT, the program focusing on digital (open) learning material is working towards a more integrated approach to accelerate adoption of both Open Access publications and OER. In a symposium with stakeholders from institutions and associations of institutions we will formulate an action plan for further uptake.
In this session, we will inform participants about our activities and intermediate results. We will invite participants to share their efforts, results and discuss ideas to approach the two forms of openness in a more integrated way.
Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_39.pdf 📄
This activity can be completed at any time during (or after) the conference.
Instructions and materials for the activity will be added below by the authors. They will provide specific details on how to participate and what to share back as a response to the activity.