Friday, June 26, 2009
Open Educational Resources programme launches (UK)
"On June 24, 2009 the Higher Education Academy and JISC launched its Open Educational Resources programme, helping to drive open innovation across the UK. This week's announcement by David Lammy (Minister for Higher Education and IPR) to create an online innovation fund and the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP's celebration of the Open University show the importance of accessing and opening up digital education resources. Open Educational Resources (OER), funded by HEFCE and run by the Academy and JISC, aims to make a wide range of learning resources created by academics freely available, easily discovered and routinely re-used by both educators and learners. OER could include full courses, course materials, complete modules, notes, videos, assessments, tests, simulations, worked examples, software, and any other tools or materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge. These resources will be released under an intellectual property license that permits open use and adaptation."