The State and Challenges of OER in Brazil
Green Paper: The State and Challenges of OER in Brazil: from readers to writers?
Page length: 74 pages.
Brazil sits at a decisive moment to improve education. With a record budget of more than 41 billions of Reais in the hands of the Ministry of Education, a major national effort to connect the public network of schools to the Internet and to foster the adoption of digital educational tools, in addition to an increased investment in research in higher education, is taking place.
The recommendations we set come from a deep analysis of the structure, market and policies molding education in Brazil, which follows in this paper. Additionally, some of the recommendations are built after a deep analysis of current projects – lead by the government and by private parties – to provide educational resources to a broader group of individuals. In this sense, we scrutinized 11 Brazilian projects that have in their mission to provide educational resources in an “open and more inclusive” fashion. The conclusions we build call the attention for the lack of a long-term design and lack of uniformity and interoperability of resources, what generates insecurity in regard to their use and also a probable inefficient use of public resources in some cases. Additionally, we developed a case study on the problematic issue of access to textbooks in Brazil.
Also, we explain the role of copyright within the educational . resources sector and how it affects access to knowledge, and recommendations are also drawn from this analysis.
We established three pillars regarding the intersection of ICT and educational policy, assuming that the highest return on public investment in education ensues when the following principles related to the interaction of contents and networks are reality.