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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 […]

Invitation to a Peer Working Group on Quality for (European) OER repositories

What? Invitation to a moderated peer working group of repositories. Who? Repositories, Owners of collections, quality managers, experts, open educators. How? Peer working group with 4 meetings over 6 months. Objetive? OER repositories mutually explore practices of addressing their constituency, the community of educators and learners and analyse successful concepts to create impact. When? The […]

Debrief: Policy Circle 1

Reflections on the first Policy Circle The first meeting of the policy circle took place on the 30th of September. The session was attended predominantly by educators and those with an interest in Open Education. A draft position paper entitled “The Current State of OER in Europe: Going Beyond Altruism” was circulated in advance of […]

Awareness, Experience and Organizational Maturity of Open Education

Data analysis of different attitudes and preferences Current research is lacking to provide such individual target profiles representing subjective preferences of usage as well as awareness and expectations (Mishra et al. 2016). One crucial factor in the uptake of OER in higher education and business are the different preconditions that various stakeholders bring to the […]

Technological solutions for OER repositories: the H5P hub proposal

During our first live event (click here to watch the recording) we talked about the issues affecting OERs, with the result of a potential negative user experience. Obviously, this situation doesn’t help if we want OERs to become pervasive in the educational scenarios. ENCORE+ Technology Circle main question is “how technology can help?” There is more […]

Innovation and Business Models – Position Paper No. 1

A European Ecosystem for Innovation in Learning: Harnessing the Power of OER This position paper argues that there is an untapped potential for Open Educational Resources (OER) to support innovation in European learning. While there are viable, established strategies for OER, there is no integrated European OER university-business ecosystem able to identify, catalyse and share […]

Debrief: Innovation Circle 1

The first meeting of the Innovation Circle took place on the 27th September. This was the inaugural Circle meeting for this project but also for ENCORE+ as a whole. The session was attended by a range of people but predominantly educational technologists and OER advocates. The draft position paper was circulated ahead of the meeting […]

Open Education and Training – Where does Europe go from here?

State of Play for an Emerging European OER Ecosystem Stakeholders, drivers and challenges in European OER Currently, the potential of open educational resources (OER) in Europe in higher education and business is not fully harnessed. The European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education (ENCORE+) responds to this by building the foundation of a European […]

Quality – Position Paper No. 1

Open Educational Resources and Repositories: the role of quality Towards a community-oriented Quality Review Framework for OER The issue of quality assurance is fundamental in supporting the uptake of OER. Research has shown that it “remains a concern despite availability of many guides and frameworks” (2017 CoL Global Report, 62). This holds true for stakeholders […]

What is the priority on which technology must focus its efforts for the near future?

Technology has undoubtedly represented the enabling tool for the massive diffusion of online open educational resources, but also for this reason it is pulled in the middle every time there is some difficulty or limitation. Before starting to think about solutions, we would like to understand what priorities are perceived by users, teachers and enthusiasts. […]

OER Technology Circle – Position Paper No. 1

Open Educational Resources and Repositories: the role of technology The position paper for the ENCORE+ Technology Circle argues that enabling technologies to enhance the potential of Open Education Resources and Repositories already exist, but they still have to be integrated in a joint process where stakeholders agree on the necessary standardization and interconnection to be […]

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