Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe

Falconer, Isobel; McGill, Lou; Littlejohn, Alison and Boursinou, Eleni (2013). Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe. European Union.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2791/34193


OER4Adults aimed to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in adult learning in Europe,
identifying enablers and barriers to successful implementation of practices with OER.
The project was conducted in 2012-2013 by a team from the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow
Caledonian University, funded by The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS).
The project drew on data from four main sources:
• OER4Adults inventory of over 150 OER initiatives relevant to adult learning in Europe
• Responses from the leaders of 36 OER initiatives to a detailed SWOT survey
• Responses from 89 lifelong learners and adult educators to a short poll
• The Vision Papers on Open Education 2030: Lifelong Learning published by IPTS

Interpretation was informed by interviews with OER and adult education experts, discussion at the IPTS Foresight Workshop on Open Education and Lifelong Learning 2030, and evaluation of the UKOER programme.
Analysis revealed 6 tensions that drive developing practices around OER in adult learning as well 6 summary recommendations for the further development of such practices.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 50933
  • Item Type
  • Other - Research Report
  • Keywords
  • Open Educational Resources; OER; Adult Education; e-learning
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2013 European Union
  • Depositing User
  • Allison Littlejohn