The movement for Open Educational Resources (OER) has evolved from a collection of small, localized efforts to a broad international network. In recognition of this progress, a collection of OER leaders came together in 2015 to launch www.OERstrategy.org, a resource created for and by the OER community to support the collaborative development of OER implementation strategies. The document reflects the state of the OER movement through the eyes of its practitioners: what we need as a movement, what we agree on, areas where we differ, and opportunities for advancing OER globally. This talk will provide an overview of this effort and how members of the community can use this resource and get involved.
What we agree on: The OER movement generally agrees on the definition of OER and overall vision. We agree that OER adoption is a necessary step to all end goals that OER can help achieve, and the general value proposition that OER expands the universe of what is possible in education.
What we have different perspectives on: While the OER movement generally agrees that OER can achieve many important benefits, we hold different views on the top priority. For example, some view the most important goal as cost savings for students, others transforming teaching and learning. Some believe we should focus on creating content, others on promoting awareness.
Movement strengths and challenges: The OER movement is strong because of the breadth of content available and successful models that have been demonstrated. Individual champions and partnerships with other open movements have helped achieve successes. Our greatest challenges are a linear, rather than exponential, rate of growth and lack of consistent models that can be replicated. There are gaps in open content, and difficulties in discovery and reuse of content.
Opportunities: Moving forward, there are many key opportunities that the OER movement has by focusing on three key areas: users, content and context. For users, we need to increase awareness, build an evidence base, and engage more champions on the ground. For content, we need to focus more on building materials that educators want to use, creating tools that ease discovery and reuse, and engage learners as creators. For context, we need to deepen OER adoption in national contexts, broaden growth internationally, and work to institutionalize OER in governments and educational systems.