IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/ipt/iptwpa/jrc85471.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe

Author

Listed:
  • Isobel Falconer

    () (Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University (UK))

  • Lou McGill

    ()

  • Allison Littlejohn

    () (Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University (UK))

  • Eleni Boursinou

    () (Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University (UK))

Abstract

This report synthesizes the findings of the "OER4Adults study", a study conducted in 2012-13 by a team from the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, under a contract with the European Commission Joint Research Centre IPTS, and in collaboration with DG Education and Culture. The project aimed to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in adult learning in Europe, identifying enablers and barriers to successful implementation of practices with OER. The report identifies over 150 Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives, and develops a typology that classifies them primarily by their main activity type. A survey based on the typology drew 36 responses from initiative leaders, and these are analysed against a context of developments in adult learning to arrive at an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing OER in adult learning in Europe. The analysis reveals six tensions that drive developing Open Educational Practices in adult learning; open versus free; traditional versus new approaches; altruism versus marketisation; community versus openness; mass participation versus quality; add-on versus embedded funding. The report recommends: 1. Recognising that ‘learning’ takes place everywhere; 2. Extending the range of people and organisations that produce and use resources; 3. Thinking about OER more broadly than as content; 4. Promoting awareness of open licensing and its implications; 5. Improving the usability of OER; and 6. Planning for sustained change.

Suggested Citation

  • Isobel Falconer & Lou McGill & Allison Littlejohn & Eleni Boursinou, 2013. "Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe," JRC Working Papers JRC85471, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc85471
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC85471
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    Keywords

    OER; Open Education; Adult Learning; Adult Training; Lifelong Learning;

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc85471. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Publication Officer). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/ipjrces.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.