OER Wales Cymru, a small nation with big ideas
Back in September 2013, Wales confirmed its pioneering status in the world of OER by becoming one of the first nations to fully embed the concept of ‘Open Education’ within a national strategy.
By signing a public declaration of intent, our universities underscored their commitment to innovation and increasing access to higher education – be this in Wales or elsewhere in the world.
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.