The objective of the consultation is to explore the perceived need for EU action to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in education.
The EU initiative for Opening up Education was presented at the EADTU 25th anniversary conference 2012 in Paphos, Cyprus,
on 27-28 September 2012, by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism
Androulla Vassiliou said, "I believe that distant education will see its role greatly expanded in the new circumstances of the 21st century. The demand for higher education has never been greater, and will continue to grow. At the same time, there are severe constraints on the capacity of the university system to accommodate the many students who aspire to a higher education. I have no doubt that Open Education Resources represent a strategic opportunity to improve the quality, efficiency and equity of education.”
The consultation is an excellent opportunity for stakeholders in Europe to deliver input for the future EU initiatives and policies in the field of OER and of ICT in education. The consultation document and questionnaire for input can be found here.
October 3 2012