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Re: New EU website embraces Open Ed.

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"Turner, James" <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:34:58 +0000

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Interesting

Do people think that all OERs need this multi-lingual approach, or are some OERs more important than others?



What I'm thinking here is of the quality and value reporting within the OER community, e.g. which ones are proving more effective as much as I'm thinking of the language issue.

 Jim





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From: Open Education Special Interest Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nancy Graham

Sent: 26 September 2013 14:12

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Subject: FW: New EU website embraces Open Ed.



Dear all



This looks like a really interesting initiative.



On the issue of bringing together different language resources on one platform – as part of the HEA UK OER Internationalisation strand, Jane Secker from LSE and I ran the CoPILOT project – our case study is here: http://delilaopen.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/bham-final.pdf  We worked with UNESCO and used their WSIS Knowledge Communities platform to encourage people to share information literacy OER in different languages (http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/pages/view/585723/project-copilot-activity-1).



It was a really short project but we did get OER uploaded in (mainly) English but also French, German and Spanish.  There is already an OER community platform on WSIS KC - http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/groups/14358/open-educational-resources-oer/ and it does have a directory function, although it looks as though this is primarily used to list OER initiatives rather than resources.



We’re now working with UNESCO and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) to use the same platform to host links to resources listed in Forest Woody Horton’s Overview of Information Literacy Resources Worldwide (not just EU) document (http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/news/overview_info_lit_resources.pdf). Not all of these will be OER but we will list licence information.  The language issue will be interesting as we haven’t yet thought about what guidance to give to people as to their resource entry – should the description be in English even if the resource isn’t?



It’s very early days and a very ambitious project so it may take time to develop.



Best wishes,



Nancy



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From: Open Education Special Interest Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of aclark

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Hi



I agree that the EU initiative is ambitious as the site is in 23 languages! A UNESCO coordinated resource could get very complex if it genuinely repeseneted all UN languages.    This does raise the thorny issue of the risk of wider access to OERs having the perverse outcome of reinforcing linguistic dominance (English and Spanish in particular) .



Alastair Clark









On 26/09/2013 08:50, Haydn Blackey wrote:

Hi Patrick,



UNESCO have been among the leaders in this development - http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-knowledge/open-educational-resources/



But they have decided that a framework that connects national and transnational platforms is better than them becoming a provider themselves. My own sense is that the EU might have been better going down that route – but others may have a different perspective.

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From: Open Education Special Interest Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Pat Lockley

Sent: 25 September 2013 18:36

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Subject: Re: New EU website embraces Open Ed.



Thoughts are how wise localised or nationalised initiatives are, and how important they would be, especially if the goal is for everyone to have access?



Wonder if UNESCO or a larger body should provide a global platform



On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM, Alastair Clark <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

I see that the EU has just launched a new web site - Open Education Europa.



http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/



One of its roles  is to promote  resource sharing.  This is quite a multiligual challenge but does make a significant statement in support of Open Education.



Has anyone any thoughts on this initiative?





Alastair Clark





I agree that the EU initiatie is ambitious as







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