Playing catch-up: investigating public and institutional policies for OER practices in Australia

Bossu, Carina and Brown, Mark and Bull, David (2011) Playing catch-up: investigating public and institutional policies for OER practices in Australia. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 15 (2). pp. 41-54. ISSN 1179-7665

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This article explores many of the most well-known Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives worldwide and then reports on OER developments in Australia. It also discusses a current research project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), including its design and methods of data collection and analysis. Although the study reported here is ongoing, a survey of the tertiary sector to establish current 'state of play' of OERs in Australia has been completed. The authors examine a preliminary analysis that focuses mostly on OER policies at governmental and institutional levels. The analysis shows that the OER movement remains relatively immature in Australia. Also, according to the survey's participants, the government and educational institutions need to give much greater consideration to a regulatory framework in which the use of OER and Open Educational Practices (OEP) can be fostered and encouraged. Isolated OER activities exist, but there appears to be a great deal of catching up required if Australia is to have coordinated initiatives to foster innovation and a culture of more OEPs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2012 11:43
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: open educational practices; OER; open educational resources; OEP; educational policies; research in OEP
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems

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