2012 Paris OER Declaration as benchmark

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This is a reformulation of the 2012 Paris OER Declaration to allow experts to benchmark nations, regions, consortia and institutions as to their progress towards the Declaration.

It is suggested that a scale of 1-5 can be used with 1 = no activity and 5 = best practice among nations

In addition to the narrative criteria it is expected that a number of metric or ranking-based indicators will also be relevant, such as GNI, broadband penetration etc - in line with OECD, Eurostat, UNECE indicators.

For institutions there is also the complementary possibility of using a specific OER-focussed benchmarking e-learning scheme.

Comments welcome on the Talk page - Talk:2012_Paris_OER_Declaration_as_benchmark


Contents

Foster awareness and use of OER

  1. Promote and use OER to widen access to education at all levels, both formal and non-formal, in a perspective of lifelong learning (thus contributing to social inclusion, gender equity and special needs education).
  2. Improve cost-efficiency of teaching and learning outcomes through greater use of OER.
  3. Improve quality of teaching and learning outcomes through greater use of OER.

Facilitate enabling environments for use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)

  1. Bridge the digital divide by developing adequate infrastructure: affordable (fixed-line) broadband connectivity and widespread mobile technology (and, in some countries, reliable electrical power supply).
  2. Improve media and information literacy.
  3. Encourage the development and use of OER in open standard digital formats.


Reinforce the development of strategies and policies on OER

  1. Promote the development of specific policies for the production of OER within wider strategies for advancing education.
  2. Promote the development of specific policies for the use of OER within wider strategies for advancing education.


Promote the understanding and use of open licensing frameworks

  1. Facilitate the re-use, revision, remixing and redistribution of educational materials through open licensing (that is, a range of frameworks that allow different kinds of uses, while respecting the rights of any copyright holder).


Support capacity building for the sustainable development of quality learning materials

  1. Support institutions to produce and share high-quality, accessible educational resources, taking into account local needs and the full diversity of learners.
  2. Train and motivate teachers and other personnel to produce and share high-quality, accessible educational resources, taking into account local needs and the full diversity of learners.
  3. Promote quality assurance of OER (i.e. by formal QA mechanisms via national or regional agencies).
  4. Promote peer review of OER.
  5. Encourage the development of mechanisms for the assessment and certification of learning outcomes achieved through OER.

Foster strategic alliances for OER

  1. (take advantage of evolving technology to) Create opportunities for sharing materials (which have been released under an open license) in diverse media.
  2. Ensure sustainability through new strategic partnerships within and among the education, industry, library, media and telecommunications sectors.


Encourage the development and adaptation of OER in a variety of languages and cultural contexts

  1. Favour the production and use of OER in local languages [Welsh] and diverse cultural contexts to ensure their relevance and accessibility.
  2. Encourage the sharing of OER across languages and cultures, respecting indigenous knowledge and rights.


Encourage research on OER

  1. Strengthen the evidence base for public investment in OER by fostering research on OER (development, use, evaluation and re-contextualisation, opportunities and challenges OER present, and impact of OER on the quality and cost-efficiency of teaching and learning)


Facilitate finding, retrieving and sharing of OER

  1. Encourage the development of user-friendly tools to locate and retrieve OER that are specific and relevant to particular needs.
  2. Adopt appropriate open standards to ensure interoperability and to facilitate the use of OER in diverse media.


Encourage the open licensing of educational materials produced with public funds

  1. (Governments/competent authorities should) create substantial benefits for citizens by ensuring that educational materials developed with public funds be made available under open licenses (with any restrictions they deem necessary) in order to maximize the impact of the investment.



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