IPTS study on OER in Europe

February 27, 2013

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) have recently become hot topics, not only for educational researchers, but also for policy makers in Europe and abroad. There is a general agreement that openness has the potential to widen access to education and to improve, amongst others, cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning.

In a study for DG Education and Culture, the IPTS project Open Educational Resources in Europe (OEREU) aims to  provide guidance on how the engagement with OER in education can be fostered and which measures need to be taken to develop, implement and use OER that contribute to improving quality, efficiency, equity and innovation in European education.

In this context, in order to investigate possible scenarios for the future, IPTS is launching a call for vision papers on how Open Education in 2030 in Europe might look like, with a major focus on Open Educational Resources and Practices. Thus, IPTS invites experts, practitioners, educators and all other stakeholders to develop, on a maximum of 5 pages, imaginary and sound visions on Open Education 2030. For each of the three education sectors: Lifelong Learning, Higher Education and School Education, dedicated visions will be developed. Experts are free to address and focus on issues they deem crucial for the future of Education, considering, in particular learners, teachers, organisational and socio-economic aspects. The input and feedback received will contribute to shaping the upcoming European Open Education Initiative.

Additionally, three foresight workshops are planned to take place in April and May 2013, which will engage a relatively small group of key experts in a structured consultation process which will serve to shape, refine and validate visions and scenarios on Open Education for Lifelong Learning in 2030, and to devise, discuss and assess policy options and recommendations. The results of these workshops will be published in a dedicated report and will also feed into the Open Education Initiative.

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