SP1: Desktop review

Desktop review of OER projects, policies and research in the Global South

Project overview
Project outputs

General objective:

To provide a regional overviews of OER projects, policies and research in the Global South.

Specific Objectives:

1) To provide overviews of OER projects, policies and research as well as infrastructural, legal, socio-cultural and/or economic factors that might influence the adoption of OER in education in South America (with specific focus on Peru, Chile and Colombia); Sub-Saharan Africa (with specific focus on Ghana, Kenya and South Africa), and South/ South-East Asia (with specific focus on India, Indonesia and Malaysia).

2) To provide background information for the ROER4D researchers in the various regions and the final meta-analysis.

3) To contribute to the knowledge base of OER activities already being developed by associated OER projects in the Global North and the Global South.

Overview

Background information on OER projects, policies and research and information on infrastructural, legal, socio-cultural and/or economic factors that might influence the adoption of OER in education in these regions is incomplete, despite the work of current projects such as Policies for OER Uptake Project (POERUP).

This desktop review project will endeavour to provide a regional overview of OER projects, policies and research in the Global South to benchmark OER activity in these regions during the period 2013-2016. The review will inform the researchers in the ROER4D project to easily locate their country-based research and to provide government agencies with sufficient evidenced-based information to inform policy development.

The project will provide background information on enabling and constraining infrastructural, legal, socio-cultural and/or economic factors that might influence the adoption of OER in post-secondary education for the researchers involved in the ROER4D sub-projects and the final ROER4D meta-analysis. It will also contribute to the knowledge base of OER activities already being developed by associated OER projects such as POERUP, the OER Research Hub, the Open Policy Network, the proposed project by the OECD’S Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the OER Mapping Project. In addition, the overview will hopefully build upon the UNESCO OER Policy Development Project and a current research project on one institution in the Global South, namely Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), being undertaken by the Open Courseware Consortium.

Project Mentor: Dr Patricia Arinto

Methodology: Desktop review

Project outputs
India OER Review – 24.11.2014
Indonesia OER Review – 24.11.2014
Malaysia OER Review – 24.11.2014
Overview of OER Policies and Practices in the S & SE Asian Region – 24.11.2014

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