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Equity considerations for open educational resources in the glocalization of education


Willems, J and Bossu, C, Equity considerations for open educational resources in the glocalization of education, Distance Education, 33, (2) pp. 185-199. ISSN 0158-7919 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1080/01587919.2012.692051


Open educational resources (OER) have become new buzzwords in the glocalization of education. While OER are often espoused as enabling educational equity, the reality is not always the case. Looking only at the positives of new educational methods can mask perpetuating challenges, which makes the open aspect of OER a misnomer. Taking an alternative stance, this article critically evaluates the broader notion of OER through the lens of equity. It contends that while equity reasons often underpin the provision of OER, challenges continue to be experienced by some in accessing open digital materials for learning. This article explores some of these issues and argues that equity considerations are fundamental in OER design.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education, equity, e-inclusion, open educational resources
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Education systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Bossu, C (Dr Carina Bossu)
ID Code:94579
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:46
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2014-09-11
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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