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Open Educational Resources and
Practices for Educational CrossBorder Collaboration
UNESCO Workshop, WSIS 2012
Prof. Dr. Jan M. Pawlowski
Geneva, 16.05.2012
Open Educational Resources…
Resources: Learning materials, courses,
Tools: LMS, collaboration tools, …
Practices and experiences!
How to make an
“OER difference”
on a global scale?
How to utilize OER for global collaborations
across borders and cultures?
Workshop Program
Key questions
– Which policies and strategies support cross-border OER
sharing and mutually beneficial collaborations?
– Which practices have been successful?
– Which actions do we need to initiate to create mutually
beneficial networks across the globe?
– Jan M. Pawlowski, University of Jyväskylä, Finland:
Towards a global free sharing area: Sharing open
educational resources in trusted networks: The case of
– Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada: OER: Why
they are needed in education around the world?
– Tore Hoel, CEN Workshop Learning Technologies & Oslo
and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences,
Norway: The future of OER and learning technology
standards – the case of Open Discovery Space
– Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University: Meeting the needs of
the learners - The FLOE project
Towards a global free sharing area Sharing open educational resources in
trusted networks:
The case of OpenScout
Prof. Dr. Jan M. Pawlowski
Geneva, 16.05.2012
Why it does not work…Barriers of OER use
Case Study Results: How does it work in
the real life in Finland?
The Case of OpenScout: Building your
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The starting points
Large amount of content is available in repositories, a large
number of experts and users are active in social networks
Great potentials for collaboration, sharing and social
OER is a big topic for the E-Learning community
Current trends
– From contents to context
– From repositories to practices
– From (technology-supported) mass sharing to humanoriented, trusted networks
The OpenScout perspective
– Resources and tools around OER for management and
– Community and local stakeholders
– Interest in global collaborations
– Great starting point for a free sharing area…
Experiences from our Case Study:
Sharing of materials made by
Whose Materials would you use?
100,00 %
80,00 %
60,00 %
40,00 %
20,00 %
0,00 %
Finnish Teachers
European Teachers
Colleagues at Colleagues from Colleagues from Colleagues from
the same school
the same
elsewhere in my
outside my
Sharing: Who would you give your
materials to?
Who would you give your materials to?
100,00 %
90,00 %
80,00 %
70,00 %
60,00 %
50,00 %
40,00 %
30,00 %
20,00 %
10,00 %
0,00 %
Finnish Teachers
European Teachers
at the same
Colleagues Colleagues Colleagues
from the
from outside
elsewhere in my country
geographical my country
None of the
Overall, the willingness to share
materials with other teachers is
Willingness to share across
Europe countries is high, the
context seems positive
But: It still does not work…
So, why doesn’t it work in
– “not invented here”
– “Education is
something special!”
– “I have no time”
– Googling might not be
– Complex tools
– Curriculum integration
– Insecurities
Potentials & needs
– Education budget
– Focus on new stuff
– Cooperation and
– Skills in the use of ICT
and tools
– Enormous resource
How to make it work…
Focus on good practices
Improved recommendations
Curriculum integration
Addressing cultural barriers
Providing simple tools and support
mechanisms for adaptation
Integration of users’ requirements, barriers,
needs and preferences
Using existing networks and professional
– OpenScout!
European Initiatives: OpenScout
Continuous learning in management …
Development of management skills essential
Growing need for learning materials
– Diverse topics, up-to-date, high-quality, inexpensive
– Easy to access, skill-specific, adaptable, re-usable
Open educational management content available, but
many usage barriers
… utilizing openly accessible learning materials
Easy-to-use web services to access open content
Support all phases of using open learning materials
Re-use /
The OpenScout project
Portal at
– Single access point for business and
management content
– Finding learning materials around the globe
– Providing simple tools to use and adapt these
– Creating a social environment where
communities can collaborate
– Integrating the services and tools to existing
solutions of organizations (LMSs, KMSs, Social
networks etc.)
– Our users
• Higher education and Business Schools
• SMEs and large organizations worldwide
(vocational training)
• Librarians, consultants etc.
Consider networks…
Work on shared teaching and development
Use, add, discuss contents
Find people and materials
Develop the idea of open education
Free Sharing area is still far away…
OER as a great opportunity for global
collaborations in education and training
Not as frequently used as experts were hoping
due to a variety of barriers
Need to build strong global networks based on
existing communities (e.g. OpenScout for
Management and Business)
Mutual learning and experience exchange
Continuous improvement of education!
Let’s stop hesitating, let’s overcome barriers,
let’s start to collaborate!
Contact us…
Prof. Dr. Jan M. Pawlowski
[email protected]
GLIS on the web…