Opening up down under: the role of open educational resources in promoting social inclusion in Australia

Bossu, Carina and Bull, David and Brown, Mark (2012) Opening up down under: the role of open educational resources in promoting social inclusion in Australia. Distance Education, 33 (2). pp. 151-164. ISSN 0158-7919

Abstract

This article discusses the role of open and distance learning to widen participation and promote social inclusion within Australian higher education, as well as the benefits that open educational resources (OER) could bring to that context. It also explores some of the most relevant social inclusion policies and related initiatives developed in Australia over the past two decades and their implications for OER. The article then reports the findings of an environmental scan of the use of OER across the higher education sector in Australia as part of a centrally funded research project. The research identifies a number of misconceptions within the higher education community about the nature of OER and reveals the lack of awareness regarding the potential of OER to close the gap between formal and informal education in Australia. Despite the strong evidence of the educational possibilities of OER, they are yet to play a significant role in promoting social inclusion Down Under.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Office of Preparatory and Academic Studies
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 10:41
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 05:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: open educational resources; OER in Australia; social inclusion
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/01587919.2012.692050
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21660

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