ENCORE+ updates

Technology in OER: New Infrastructure and Business Adoption

ENCORE+ is envisioning a new infrastructure for open educational resources (OERs) in which technology plays an essential role. To support this goal, possible technological scenarios have been analysed by means of a literature review, interaction and discussion with identified stakeholders, and the evaluation of cutting-edge technologies available in the consortia. This work was conducted with […]

ENCORE+ meets the Open Education Italia network

Since 2016, an informal network has existed in Italy to promote open education: Open Education Italia is a grassroots initiative set up by researchers and advocates. The network acts as a meeting point for educators working in connection with national and international initiatives, that are also promoted through the website. Members of the network include university […]

OER Innovation Briefing n.3

Innovation, Quality, Success Welcome to the second ENCORE+ Innovation Briefing! The goal of this series is to provide an accessible introduction to the innovation potential of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Europe. These briefings are aimed at professionals and leaders in higher education and business. This issue provides updates on some interesting projects, reports and […]

ICDE Open Innovation Framework & Ecosystem ‘Clusters’

Earlier this year the International Council for Distance Education published a report which is relevant to the activities of the ENCORE+ project. The report – titled “Open Innovation Framework: Emerging Narratives from the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee” – was composed by the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee after a virtual workshop in October 2021. The focus […]

Mapping the European OER Ecosystem

A key part of the ENCORE+ project lies in taking up and sharing different stakeholder perspectives. Perhaps there is no single correct way to think about these groups as there are many ways to divide up a large base of stakeholders (and potential stakeholders). But I think it might be of interest to share how our models have shifted in response to interactions with ENCORE+ communities and elements of the wider OER ecosystem.

Elements of an ENCORE+ Workshop

When the important restrictions on travel and face-to-face contact which were introduced to alleviate the Covid-19 pandemic began to be relaxed it became possible for the ENCORE+ team here to meet with our stakeholders at various in-person events.  These included OER22 in London, UK and Open Education Global in-person congress in Nantes, France.  Over the […]

ENCORE+ Innovation Events in 2022

This (hot) summer has seen the first opportunities for the ENCORE+ project to meet with members of our stakeholder communities face-to-face!   The first conference came in April at OER22 in London, UK.  OER22 is the foremost open education conference in the UK and Ireland and was run as a hybrid event with one day in […]

Does your organisation have an Open Educational Resources Policy or Strategy?

We need you! We are calling for participation of good practice examples of Open Educational Resources (OER) higher education policies and business strategies. The ENCORE+ Network aggregates stakeholders as well as existing networks around a community of practice with four thematic strands: technology, policy, innovation and quality. The aim of the Encore project is to […]

Strategic support for OER value proposition

Policy and strategy report no. 1 The aim of this report is to explore how stronger relationships between higher education and business can address barriers to mainstream adoption and development of innovative and sustainable models and policies for Open Educational Practices (OEP).In this report, we explore how educational institutions and business interests can work together […]

Debrief: Policy Circle 2

Reflection on Policy Circle 2 event: OER – what does it mean? What does it involve? and who is it for? Maeve O’ Regan On the 4th of May 2022, the ENCORE+ project team held an online circle event, to discuss OER policies and to present case examples of OER in practice with participants interested […]

ENCORE+ at UIIN Conference Amsterdam 2022

Reaching out beyond the OER bubble! by Fiona Schmidbauer, NextEducation Research Group, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe, Germany In June 2022, the 10th Conference of the University Industry Innovation Network took place in Amsterdam. UIIN Conference aims to connect the university and industry sector, mixing science and practice and thus combining research and practical experience. […]

Quality – Position Paper No. 2

Open Educational Resources and Repositories: the role of quality Thematic Peer Group Workshops as a method for building a community-oriented quality framework Quality for OER, respectively quality for open education is viewed as the single most important factor determining the uptake of OER in institutions and training contexts. This is stated in Position Paper 1, […]

Identifying Innovative Approaches using OER

For the latest post in our series on OER business models, we focus on ways in which we can focus on concrete examples of innovation using open educational resources.  Burd et al. (2015) highlight several business opportunities for open education described by Moodys: New revenue opportunities through fees for certificates, courses, degrees, licensing, or advertisement […]

OER Sustainability Business Models

Konkol et al. (2021) recently wrote about OER business models and sustainability. They frame this in terms of what they call the paradox ‘“that generating revenue out of OER is not intended, but ignoring income can make OER unsustainable”.  This does capture the basic tension inherent in the idea of reducing the cost of educational […]

Innovation Circle – round 2

No innovation without integration Building on the overview of services, repositories, business models, and policy innovation practices described in the 2nd Innovation Briefing and the discussions held in the first Circle event, the 2nd Circle event of the ENCORE + project, focusing on innovation and business models, will invite participants to engage in a critical […]

No such thing as a free lunch?

Free + open? If we truly want to create a European Open Education Resources (OER) ecosystem we must address the challenges of OER financial sustainability. Central to the open education movement are the principles of openness and freedom in order to democratise access to knowledge, “everyone should have the freedom to use, customize, improve and […]

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