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Open Educational Resources

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Investing in openness 

2015 was a great year for people who believe that openness can drive change. It was a year in which governments around the world, including many here in the United States, embraced new policies requiring open licenses for work they fund. Major private funders did the same, like Gates and Ford (in addition to us), ...

Research on Open: OER Research Hub Review and Futures for Research on OER 

The Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program engaged SRI Education (part of SRI International) to evaluate the Foundation’s investment in the Open Educational Resources Research Hub (OERRH), which is based at the Open University in the UK and was founded in 2012 to conduct, support, synthesize, and disseminate research on the impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) ...

Evaluation of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Investment in International Policy Advocacy for Open Educational Resources 

The Hewlett Foundation commissioned ORS Impact to develop this evaluation, which provides an independent analysis of the progress, impact, and coherence of the strategies utilized by two highly regarded intergovernmental organizations—the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)—to advance Open Educational Resources (OER) both independently and jointly. The ...

Why we fund open textbooks (and plan to do more) 

Textbooks aren’t new or novel, and they certainly don’t represent the cutting edge of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement that the Hewlett Foundation has long supported. But it’s precisely because of the way they are deeply embedded in the education system that they have the potential to shift OER from the exception to the ...

Z as in zero: Increasing college access and success through zero-textbook-cost degrees 

The Hewlett Foundation gives nearly $8 million each year to get Open Educational Resources  (OER) into mainstream use. We believe that one of the natural consequences of widespread OER adoption will be an increase in students’ educational access and success—with the average U.S. college student now spending $1200 each year on textbooks and other course materials on ...

Grantmaking Trends Memo: Education 2014 

Background During the last ten years, the Education Program has sought to take advantage of key windows of opportunity to advance the education system, as a whole, toward better student outcomes. Anticipating and capitalizing on these windows has been important because education is a conservative field—resistant to anything but incremental change, yet bombarded by reform ...

Harnessing OER to Drive Systemic Educational Change in Secondary Schooling 

In the world of education, there has been a growing buzz about the concept of Open Educational Resources (OER) and how it can transform education around the world. Since being coined at a UNESCO Conference in 2002, OER has been the subject of increased attention globally, with many donor-funded projects (most often, led by universities) ...

Ruminations on Research on Open Educational Resources 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. ”MIT’s OpenCourseWare and the Khan Academy materials are well-known examples. OER have different properties from proprietary materials because they are legally ...

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