What are the best ways to build institutional capacity in OER?


The skills required for institutions to harness OER effectively are many and include the following:

  • Expertise in advocacy and promotion of OER as a vehicle for improving the quality of learning and teaching in education.
  • Legal expertise relating to content licensing.
  • Expertise in developing and explaining business models that justify, to institutions, individual educators, and other creators of educational content (including publishers), the use of open licensing.
  • Programme, course and materials design and development expertise.
  • Technical expertise.
  • Expertise in managing networks/consortia of people and institutions to work cooperatively on various teaching and learning improvement projects.
  • Monitoring and evaluation expertise.
  • Expertise in curating and sharing OER effectively.
  • Communication and research skills to be able to share information about OER.

Capacity building should also focus on the people and institutions required to enable effective use of OER. This would involve:

  • Raising awareness of the potential of OER and the requirements for successful use.
  • Supporting policy-makers and heads of institutions to understand the key elements necessary to create supportive policy environments, develop materials, use technology, and conduct research.
  • Identifying best-practice examples of use of OER and facilitating institutional visits, so that participants have an opportunity not only to observe effective use of OER in practice but also to start developing support networks and communities of practice.

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Butcher, N. (2015). A basic guide to open educational resources (OER). Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver and UNESCO. Retrieved from http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/36