Equity considerations for open educational resources in the glocalization of education

Willems, Julie and Bossu, Carina (2012). Equity considerations for open educational resources in the glocalization of education. Distance Education, 33(2) pp. 185–199.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2012.692051

Abstract

Open educational resources (OER) have become new buzzwords in the glocalization of education. While OER are often espoused as enabling educational equity, the reality is not always the case. Looking only at the positives of new educational methods can mask perpetuating challenges, which makes the open aspect of OER a misnomer. Taking an alternative stance, this article critically evaluates the broader notion of OER through the lens of equity. It contends that while equity reasons often underpin the provision of OER, challenges continue to be experienced by some in accessing open digital materials for learning. This article explores some of these issues and argues that equity considerations are fundamental in OER design.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 57201
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 0158-7919
  • Keywords
  • education; equity; e-inclusion; open educational resources
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2012 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc.
  • Depositing User
  • Carina Bossu

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