PART F. Action or programme specific information

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POERUP supports the Specific Objectives of the Transversal Programme as follows:

(a) to promote European cooperation in fields covering two or more sectoral sub-programmes: OER is by its nature is no respecter of sector boundaries. While an OER may have been created with higher education in mind it can end up being used also in schools and lifelong learning. Most OER projects have focused on a single sector but POERUP, by working cross-sector, will ensure that the lessons that can be learnt from one sector will benefit the other. Furthermore other sectors will not be excluded - programmes which encompass these will be included in the review of OER initiatives.

(b) to promote the quality and transparency of Member States' education and training systems: OER exposes what was previously hidden and confined to individual institutions and to classes within them. By freely sharing content and publishing using Creative Commons Licences, OER promotes transparency. Furthermore it can improve quality by allowing educators to learn from fellow teachers and build on their work. POERUP will take this a stage further by promoting quality and transparency across sectors and by translating understanding of OER into resources to be used at policy-making levels.

POERUP supports the Operational Objectives as follows:

(a) to support policy development and cooperation at European level in lifelong learning, notably in the context of the Lisbon process and Education and Training 2010 Work Programme...: The central purpose of POERUP is to support effective policy development in OER. It will combine experiences from a wide range of OER programmes and provide the tools for better policy-making. POERUP will target ministries and agencies with a strong evidence base of well-researched and well-argued recommendations based on global analyses.

(b) to ensure an adequate supply of comparable data, statistics and analyses to underpin lifelong learning policy development, as well as to monitor progress..., and to identify areas for particular attention: POERUP will build up a powerful evidence base for effective OER. By working primarily at the level of national/regional initiatives and by working cross-sector it will be able to assemble data whose range and scope exceeds anything previously collected. These data will be published as Open Data for anyone to access. By including data from outside Europe it will ensure that its policy documents are informed by the best possible information. The project's International Advisory Group, made up of OER experts, will subject all data and analyses to informed critical scrutiny.

(d) to support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning: The POERUP project will illustrate innovative ICT though its own use of systems and tools, in particular as the wiki inventory which is itself an example of innovative ICT-based content and an excellent basis for collaborative and sustainable work.