The open education movement in Australia: the need for political leadership

Bossu, Carina and Bull, David and Brown, Mark (2012) The open education movement in Australia: the need for political leadership. In: Regional Symposium on Open Educational Resources(OER 2012): An Asian Perspective on Policy and Practices , 19-21 Sep 2012, Penang, Malaysia.

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This paper starts by exploring some of the most important OER initiatives in Australia, and then describes a centrally funded research project that investigates the state of play of OER in Australia. After that, the authors report on some of the preliminary findings of this research in progress, which surveyed the higher education sector and interviewed key stakeholders. The research findings revealed
that there should be greater strategic leadership from government bodies and institutions to regulate the adoption of OER in Australia. According to participants, there is an urgent need for public policies to promote access and availability of OER in the higher education sector, and that these policies could encourage the growth, development and institutional adoption of open educational resources and practices across the sector in Australia.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open access journal
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2013 00:52
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 05:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: OER in Australia; OER policies; OER project; policy research
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education

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