A Collaborative Approach to OER Policy and Guidelines Development in the Commonwealth: The Case of Botswana, Cameroon, and Sri Lanka
Access to relevant learning resources is an important aspect in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all as outlined in the sustainable development goal 4 (SDG4). The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has identified the development of open educational resources (OER) as a potential answer to these challenges. A total of 29 provincial/regional OER policies and guidelines were developed in Sri Lanka, Botswana, and Cameroon closely involving 608 provincial/regional policymakers from the general education system. The innovation of this project lies in the collaborative approach adopted for OER policy/guideline development where a maximum number of policymakers at the provincial/regional level have been included in the policy development process. Key applications of the approach are mass-sensitization of policymakers, identification of champions in each province or region to drive the OER agenda forward, and the development of policies/guidelines tailored to the specific needs of a particular jurisdiction. The paper will also highlight the success factors, challenges, and the follow-up activities of the project.
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Collaborative Approach to OER Policy and Guidelines Development in the Commonwealth: The Case of Botswana, Cameroon and Sri Lanka Abeywardena, Ishan S (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2018-05-30)Presented by Dr Ishan Abeywardena, Adviser: Open Educational Resources, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Festival of Learning 2018, Vancouver, Canada, 30 May 2018. // Access to relevant learning resources is an important ...
Advocacy, Sesitization and Development of OER Policy for Provincial Education Ministries in Sri Lanka Karunanayaka, Shironica P; Abeywardena, Ishan S (Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Open University Malaysia (OUM), 2016-11)With the objective of providing direction in the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to increase access to and support quality teaching and learning in the school education system in Sri Lanka, an advocacy program was ...
Karunanayaka, Shironica P (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-08)The work involved preparing a draft OER policy framework catering to Provincial requirements; build awareness among key stakeholders on the concept and impact of OER; advocate the necessity and benefits of a provincial OER ...
Karunanayaka, Shironica P; Naidu, Som; Rajendra, J C N; Ratnayake, H U W (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2017-07)Much is said about the importance of reflective practice especially in the professions. Yet much of what happens as part of reflective practice in the professions such as teaching is most of the time left to chance. ...
Nkwenti, Michael N (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2017-01)The work involved preparing draft OER guidelines catering to regional requirements; building awareness among key stakeholders on the concept and impact of OER; advocating the necessity and benefits of a regional OER policy ...