Diverse responses to open education

Henry Trotter, University World News, Feb 26, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post is mostly a summary of the recently released Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project report Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South (610 page PDF). 610 pages! Who was it that was asserting that the web has killed long-form reading? Also contributing as publishers were African Minds and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The 16-chapter volume was edited by Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Patricia B. Arinto and contains case studies from Africa, Asia and South America along with a final chapter with conclusions and recommendations. If nothing else, do take the time to read the final chapter, which focuses on social inclusion. "OER creation as a form of empowerment for educators and students from the Global South is fostered by professional development, membership in a community of practice and personal qualities and motivations related to personal histories as well as professional identities." (p.587)

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