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I have been interviewed about OER twice recently for TV programmes. The first time was in Madrid at a meeting of the OER- HE project (see Is OER at the heart of EuROpe?). The second time was in Hanoi at the OCW Consortium Global meeting. Both interviews were in English but I wonder whether they have ended up being sub titled or dubbed. Whatever, both instances indicate significant interest in OER by the media in those countries (well more significant than most new educational topics) and that the OU is acknowledged as a leader in the field.

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Apart from playing simple word games with my title there is definitely a number of European HEIs that are getting into the OER field. Interestingly most started out just doing their own thing but it was not long before they began to join together and share their efforts with others. A good example of this has been the pivotal work of the European association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) which I have been fortunate to be part of. Through 2 substantive grants they have first brought together its own members in the MORIL project. Through MORIL they also have shared their work with more traditional campus based universities such that their second project, OER-HE, formally includes a conventional university.

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The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) asked me to answer a few questions to feed into a short discussion paper for their upcoming OER workshops in Cape Town and Windhoek on 26 April and 3 May respectively (See http://www.col.org/progServ/programmes/livelihoods/Pages/eLearning.aspx#workshops ).

 They are particularly interested in two key issues related to OER in Higher Education, namely quality assurance and sustainability.

So here are the questions and the answers I gave them.

 

SCORE (Support Centre for Open Resources in Education) is a national HEFCE-funded project which is supporting change in policy and practice in Open Educational Resources across higher education institutions. The three year project, which is based at the OU, builds on the successful OpenLearn initiative and aims to support change at a time when OER activity is starting to take off.

This blog is linked with the main website for SCORE but definitely has a life of its own. Authored primarily by Chris Pegler (Chris’ View) and  Andy Lane ( who supplies the World View). The blog is also open to others who wish to share their views of OER and will increasingly feature contributions from SCORE fellows.

We would welcome conversations with Subject Centres and their communities on how SCORE can support existing OER work in higher education and also how it can help develop new OER initiatives at national, institutional, discipline and/or individual level. We are particularly keen on supporting dissemination of OER and having conversations around creation, reuse and adaptation of OER drawing on both practice and research examples.