The opportunities and challenges for enabling education: implementing Open Educational Practices (OEP)

Judith, Kate and Bull, David (2013) The opportunities and challenges for enabling education: implementing Open Educational Practices (OEP). In: 3rd National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (NAEEA 2013): Flexibility: Pathways to Participation, 27-29 Nov 2013, Melbourne, Australia.


The open education resource (OER) movement has emerged to encompass wide ranging open practices as it increasingly re-shapes the future of higher education. This popular movement provides both opportunities and challenges for educators, as identified by research addressing the feasibility of open practices (Bossu, Brown & Bull, 2012).
Enabling education programs and open education practices would seem to be good partners. Free resources without copyright restriction appear to be a perfect match for policy aimed at widening access to higher education.
This paper reports on the challenges faced in developing an enabling course resourced entirely by open licensed materials. The course provides many opportunities for broadening the accessibility of higher education beyond the scope of current enabling programs but has encountered a variety of practical challenges during its development. The paper then proceeds to suggest how some of these challenges might be addressed in the foreseeable future.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 NAEEA Inc. This publication may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means, with the prior permission in writing of the publishers.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2015 23:11
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 01:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: OER; OEP; copyright laws; open licensed materials; massive open online courses; MOOC
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180115 Intellectual Property Law
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
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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