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《Journal of Open Learning》 2018-03
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The Role of Open Educational Resources in Supporting the Sustainable Development Goal 4:Quality Education Challenges and Opportunities

Rory McGreal;Centre for Distance Education,Athabasca University;  
It is reasonable to argue that Open Educational Resources(OER) can greatly benefit developing countries, even more so than those that are considered developed. As such, they can play an important transformative role in supporting the UNESCO education for all goals as stated in SDG4. OER can be used to increase access to learning for those living in unfavorable circumstances, and also be used to address issues of cost, quality and equity. They are free of licensing restrictions that inhibit quality improvements and because they are openly available, OER can facilitate both internal and external collaborations among instructors and institutions, both locally and internationally, while ensuring equitable access to knowledge and learning. OER are presently being actively used in all sectors of education including literacy, vocational, adult education, as well as with immigrants and refugees(with prior learning assessment and recognition). OER can be instrumental in improving the quality of education through open curriculum development. And, most importantly, OER are digital. The world economy is digital, students must learn how to work(and play) in digital environments.
【Fund】: 联合国教科文组织加拿大委员会的资助
【CateGory Index】: G434
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