Policy Brief: Open Education Resources In Your Own Language, In Your Way


As Open Educational Resources (OER) move higher on the educational agenda for many countries, the uptake of OER in languages which are less used than world languages (particularly English) is lagging. 

This policy brief from ICDE suggests policy recommendations for for the development of OER in less used languages and has been distributed to 53 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond. The policy brief was produced as part of the LangOER project, of which ICDE is one of nine partners. 

Recommendations for governments

Recognizing the importance for nations to adopt Open Educational Resources in their own language, it is recommended for governments to:

  • Adopt national policies in support of Open Educational Resources in less used languages.

  • Facilitate in partnership with private, public and the educational sector, market places and collaborative arenas for quality OER.

  • Take the leadership in facilitating the development of open frameworks and standards to ease the ability of OER repositories and systems to work together (provide and accept educational content, compatible applications and contextualised services).

Download the Policy Brief (in English)

Policy Brief - Open Educational Resources in your Own Language in your Way

Also available in ArabicDutchFaroeseFrisianFrenchGreekLatvianLithuanianNorwegianPolishRussian and Swedish

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