The European Parliament has published the study Adult Education and Open Educational Resources, recommendations on the employment of OER within adult learning.
In its study the Parliament says that despite the recession, the use of open educational resources (OER) has been developing fast in Europe. “It is clear that OER can offer many benefits, including, longer term, the possibility of delivering education in a more effective fashion while keeping a close eye on cost.”
The Parliament’s recommendations are grouped around six key areas:
- Quality and accreditation
- Staff development
- OER in IPR (Intellectual Property Rights)
- Costing and other research
- Focus on students
The study recommends Member States to implement online initial and continuous professional development programmes for teachers, trainers and lecturers, focusing on online learning and IPR. The Parliament also pointed out that Member States should promote to adult learners the availability and accessibility of open resources, and that specific funding should be devoted to building OER material in key topic areas of interest to adults. To read the full study click here.
The Parliament noted that in the past most of the EU-funded work on OER was focused on either formal educational sectors or informal education of already well-educated students. “It is timely to extend such work across all educational sectors, including the full spectrum of informal education, and across a wider age range.”
Source: European Parliament