Wales Open Education Declaration of Intent September 2013
There is no single definition of OER however the definition adopted by UNESCO and embedded in the 2012 Paris OER Declaration usefully defines OER as ‘teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open licence that permits no -cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions‘.
The Wales Open Education Declaration of Intent was signed by Professor Colin Riordan (Chair of Universities Wales) on behalf of the higher education sector in Wales and sets out a series of commitments to support the embedding of Open Educational Practice (OEP) across Wales.
Declaration of Intent : Key Commitments
Through OER Wales Cymru, learners will be given the opportunity to access the very best material that Welsh higher education has to offer, with the Wales Open Education Declaration of Intent committing our universities to:
- Promoting and using OER to widen access to higher education for non-traditional learners, therefore contributing to social inclusion and engaging the rich diversity of the learner in Wales and across the world
- Providing flexible virtual pathways for learners across the globe to access learning and teaching materials
- Improving the quality of teaching and learning outcomes and enhancing the partnership between Welsh universities and students as co-creators of OER materials in an Open Educational Practice environment
- Working with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to support the publication and distribution of learning and teaching materials through the medium of Welsh in order to increase access to quality material in the Welsh language, regardless of geographic location
- Ensuring that any designated teaching and learning material released under open licence can be adapted and redistributed without cost or restriction
- Encouraging the introduction of open educational practice into every part of the university to promote the creation, use and re-purposing of OER becoming embedded and that the development of specific policies for the production and use of OER will enable further enhancement of the learning experience in the future
- Encouraging, enthusing and supporting staff at all levels within the university to interact with high-quality, accessible educational resources in an OEP environment, taking into account local needs and the full diversity of learners
- Promoting quality assurance and peer review of learning and teaching materials that will facilitate new collaborative ways of working with students and staff across geographical boundaries
- Ensuring that educational materials developed with public funds are made available, where appropriate, under open licences, to maximise the impact of the investment by the Welsh Government and Research Councils UK
- Promoting the quality of Welsh higher education to the nation and internationally
- Demonstrating further the collaborative nature of higher education in Wales.
Project Aims and Objectives
The main aims and objectives of the project are to :
- Establish an Open Education Resources Portal
- Establish a network of Open Education Practice Champions and Promote & Embed Open Educational Practice across the HE Sector
- Launch an all Wales sMOOC ( Short Massive Open Online Course) aimed at helping students to survive their first few weeks in University.
- Manage and Co-ordinate the hosting of the international OER15 Conference in Wales in April 2015
The project is managed by Debbie Baff
Open Education Resources & Open Educational Practice Project Manager on behalf of the Universities Wales OER/P Expert Group