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Changes 11 Discussion: UNESCO/COL OER Guidelines

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By Rory McGreal October 23, 2011 - 11:02am

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.



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