OER in the Developing World – the Gap Between the Cup and the Lip

So realistically, how can OER reduce the cost of textbooks for our students? I have been trying to figure out a solution for this issue the past three years. I still don’t have a tried and tested model or a convincing answer which will help in the mainstreaming of OER in these developing nations. However, I believe that the solution is multifaceted and involves governments, institutions, teachers, parents, learners and civil society organizations working together towards a better future for the peoples.   

OER – Seeing the Wood for the Trees

All these years in the OER game and I couldn’t see the wood for the trees! I’m happy to finally see the wood for the trees when it comes to propagating the OER movement. I continue to believe that OER can do to education what FOSS did to software. However, I don’t believe that training people in the “theory” of OPEN will lead to any sort of sustainability. They will not come just because I built it. Skill them and they will come is my new approach to OER.

OER Mainstreaming Checklist – Quick Reference

One key feature of the framework is its horizontal approach where stakeholders take a team-based approach to completing the required tasks for mainstreaming OER. This, in turn, increases ownership of the mainstreaming process leading to higher success rates and sustainability. Secondly, the mainstreaming checklist breaks down each process into several achievable tasks and assigns them to the relevant team. Thirdly, the framework supports continuous quality improvement (CQI) which encourages institutions to periodically revisit the processes to make necessary course corrections and enhancements.