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Opening up Down Under: The role of open educational resources in promoting social inclusion in Australia


Bossu, C and Bull, D and Brown, M, Opening up Down Under: The role of open educational resources in promoting social inclusion in Australia, Distance Education, 33, (2) pp. 151-164. ISSN 0158-7919 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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

DOI: doi:10.1080/01587919.2012.692050


This article discusses the role of open and distance learning to widen participation and promote social inclusion within Australian higher education, as well as the benefits that open educational resources (OER) could bring to that context. It also explores some of the most relevant social inclusion policies and related initiatives developed in Australia over the past two decades and their implications for OER. The article then reports the findings of an environmental scan of the use of OER across the higher education sector in Australia as part of a centrally funded research project. The research identifies a number of misconceptions within the higher education community about the nature of OER and reveals the lack of awareness regarding the potential of OER to close the gap between formal and informal education in Australia. Despite the strong evidence of the educational possibilities of OER, they are yet to play a significant role in promoting social inclusion Down Under.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:open educational resources, OER in Australia, social inclusion
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:94580
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2014-09-11
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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