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Changes 11 Discussion: UNESCO/COL OER Guidelines

The draft UNESCO/COL OER Guidelines for Higher Education are available. The final report will become available on November 1st.


These guidelines outline key issues and suggestions for integrating OER into higher education. Their purpose is to encourage decision-makers in governments and institutions to invest in the production, adaptation, and use of OER, while bringing them into the mainstream of higher education, to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and to reduce costs.

Given the potential of OER to improve higher education systems, UNESCO and COL have developed these guidelines to support governments, teaching staff, higher education institutions/providers, and quality assurance/accreditation and recognition bodies. For those who are interested in learning more about the concept of OER and how it is being applied in higher education institutions around the world, a companion document – The UNESCO-COL Guide to OERprovide more detailed information about all aspects of OER.



  • an unauthenticated user of the Landing October 29, 2011 - 12:27pm

     As a prospective student, one of the most difficult decisions beyond interest in a particular course, is how to sieve through the alternatives available, and make a selection that somehow integrates into a desirable course progression (framework) leading to recognized credentials; degree and so on. Traditional distance learning institutions whether online or otherwise provide such student academic support. So the following questions come to mind regarding the OERu student support framework:

    <!--[if !supportLists]-->1.       <!--[endif]-->Is the OERu essentially a facilitator giving the student/user access to OERs and the options of taking course progression as dictated by the partner institutions’ degrees/courses available, or will OERu be offering a variety of courses which can lead to creative/innovative degrees a case in example being the Open Programme offered by OU-UK.

    <!--[if !supportLists]-->2.       <!--[endif]-->Initially no doubt the number of OER available will essentially control whatever progression. However, could you please elaborate on what the long term plans are to deal with, students’ academic advice and support particularly in the review and selection of career/course progression within OERu?

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