Latin America and the Caribbean
From POERUP - Policies for OER Uptake
Latin America and the Caribbean comprises
OER in Latin America and the Caribbean
Policies Survey notes:
- OER activity in Latin America and the Caribbean is spread across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of education.
- Costa Rica noted that it runs OER projects, whilst Jamaica is making strides towards OER, particularly through C@RIBNET (the Caribbean Research and Education Network). The recently formed Jamaica Research and Education Network (JREN) is a community of institutions that collaborate to share resources collectively and to access the resources of C@RIBNET. Jamaica’s Central Repository of Educational Material (CREM) component is also planned to be a part of JREN.
- In Paraguay, the Community of Free Software drives the use of free software and licences applicable to educational materials and other materials, like the General Public Licence (GPL)and Creative Commons.
- Uruguay’s Education Portal EDUCA provides access to OER for teachers. In addition, la Universidad de la República has called for proposals based on the use of ICT and OER. Furthermore, a series of videos about popular science topics has been created and aired on Uruguay National Television and YouTube.
- Trinidad and Tobago is involved in the OER movement through the VUSSC and OER for Open Schooling initiatives. This has now extended to other subject areas and other levels of education. For example, the Distance Learning Secretariat of the Ministry established an initiative in 2008 called Electronic Collaboration for Learning, Access, Information, and Research (ECLAIR), which is a mechanism to drive national capacity building activities related to e-learning and the development and use of OER for the tertiary education sector.
- Brazil has a number of OER initiatives:
- The Bank for International Educational Objects (BIOE) stores open access objects produced by the Ministry and by partners around the world. Most of them are released under Creative Commons licences.
- Portal do Professor allows teachers to create and suggest content that can be freely accessed and distributed. There are incentives for that content to be reprinted by other teachers and republished in the portal as new content.
- TV Escola creates and licenses free and open multimedia material directed at teachers and students, although it is not possible to edit these materials.
- Condigital focuses on the production of digital content for secondary schools. Content is licensed under the Creative Commons as required by Public Notice, which permits editing, translation and distribution. The Ministry has a distribution policy that benefits both private and public systems as the content is stored on open platforms.
- Mexico has developed several ICT-related projects, including the production of digital learning resources. However, it is not clear whether these resources are shared under open licences.