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Playing catch-up: Investigating public and institutional policies for OER practices in Australia
Bull, David · Brown, Mark · Bossu, Carina

Published2011
Type of workSpecial theme issue on Open Educational Practices
JournalJournal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 41-54
PublisherFlexible Learning Association of New Zealand
CountryAustralia, New Zealand, Oceania

ABSTRACT
This article explores some of the most well-known Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives worldwide and then reports on OER developments in Australia. It also discusses a current research project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), including its design and methods of data collection and analysis. Although the study reported here is ongoing, a survey of the tertiary sector to establish the current ‘state of play’ of OERs in Australia has been completed. The authors examine a preliminary analysis that focuses mostly on OER policies at governmental and institutional levels. The analysis shows that the OER movement remains relatively immature in Australia. Also, according to the survey’s participants, the government and educational institutions need to give much greater consideration to a regulatory framework in which the use of OER and Open Educational Practices (OEP) can be fostered and encouraged. Isolated OER activities exist, but there appears to be a great deal of catching up required if Australia is to have coordinated initiatives to foster innovation and a culture of more OEPs.

Keywords educational policies · OEP · open educational practices; OER · Open Educational Resources · research in OEP

ISSN1179-7673
RefereedYes
RightsThis journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
URLhttp://www.jofdl.nz/index.php/JOFDL/article/view/44
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