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Bossu, Carina; Brown, Mark; Bull, David – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This article explores some of the most well-known Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives worldwide and then reports on OER developments in Australia. It also discusses a current research project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), including its design and methods of data collection and analysis. Although the study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Open Education
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Coughlan, Tony; Perryman, Leigh-Anne – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This article explores the relationship between academic disciplines' representation in the United Kingdom Open University's (OU) OpenLearn open educational resources (OER) repository and in the OU's fee-paying curriculum. Becher's (1989) typology was used to subdivide the OpenLearn and OU fee-paying curriculum content into four disciplinary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education
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Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This article examines the findings of the recent OPAL report "Beyond OER: Shifting Focus from Resources to Practices". In doing so, it defines current understanding of open educational resources and open educational practices, and highlights the shift from open content to open practice. The article includes a framework for supporting…
Descriptors: Open Education, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Highton, Melissa; Fresen, Jill; Wild, Joanna – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
Due to its stringent entry requirements, academic reputation and world ranking, Oxford University in the United Kingdom is perceived by some as being a closed, exclusive, and elitist institution. As learning technologists working in the institution, we have experienced an enthusiasm amongst academic colleagues for openness in publication and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services