What are Open Educational Resources? 

“OER can be defined as teaching and learning resources in any medium, digital or otherwise, that permit no-cost access, use, reuse and repurposing by others with no or limited restrictions”.

Source: UNESCO 

Why are Open Educational Resources important? 

The demand for accessible, affordable and free, quality learning materials across countries, across languages and across cultures is huge and increasing. 

The global education agenda (Education 2030) is part of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that make up the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. Under The Education 2030 Framework For Action, “Target 3, point 43 it is stated that:

 “A well-established, properly-regulated tertiary education system supported by technology, Open Educational Resources (OERs) and distance education modalities can increase access, equity, quality and relevance, and narrow the gap between what is taught at tertiary education institutions and what economies and societies demand. The provision of tertiary education should be progressively free, in line with existing international agreements.”

 OER: ICDE Activities 

 OER Events and webinars

 OER Repositories and resources

 OER Networks, initiatives and projects

 OER Reports, presentations and publications


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