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Towards a culture of openness: Raising awareness and enabling policies in Latin American higher education
Mireles, Nadia Paola

JournalEducación Superior y Sociedad
Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 1-21

In the current knowledge society, ICTs offer the opportunity to access and share knowledge in ways never seen before. The world is witnessing a transformation towards a culture of openness. Research, teaching and learning practices are changing towards an ubiquitous, collaborative, and connected practice. This new culture of openness demands a new role from higher education institutions (HEIs) and all the actors involved.

The open access movement and the open educational resources are having a strong impact in education and represent an alternative to face the knowledge society challenges. They are proving to be an opportunity to adopt innovative teaching and learning practices, to improve
the acquisition of critical thinking and learning skills, and to enhance research communication. They present a chance to commit education as a truly social and public good. In the past years, OA and OER initiatives have expanded rapidly, mostly in developed countries. In Latin America, the involvement has been much smaller and slower.

In this article, we analyze the state of the OA movement and OER initiatives ten years from their beginning. We review some examples that mark out a ―next generation‖ of the open access. We address the lack of awareness as the major challenge impeding Latin America to get
more involved in the movement. Finally, we identify the need for more active leadership from stakeholders and the need for implementing policies to support the sustainability of the OA and OER in this region.

Keywords Latin America · open access policies · awareness raising · Open Educational Resources

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