OER in the Asia Pacific

UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Commonwealth of Learning and Thai Teachers TV recently held a policy forum on Open Educational Resources (OER). Creative Commons projects from this region showcased success in the OER movement. Regional meetings lead up to the World OER Congress and the formation of a Declaration for governments to sign. The Congress will bring together Ministers of Education/Human Resource Development, senior policy makers, expert practitioners, researchers and relevant stakeholders to discuss what works and what won’t work, and to agree on a Declaration with a set of targets for a 2015 World Conference.

OER In New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has its own New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework which provides guidance for agencies releasing data and content for reuse. The framework recommends CC BY as the default licence for this.

CC New Zealand collaborates with the Ministry of Education to provide professional development for teachers around New Zealand on Creative Commons and OER. We encourage and support schools to follow in the path of Albany Senior High School, who have a CC intellectual property policy at their school, and utilize open source software.

The Open Education Resource Foundation has its base in Otago. Otago Polytechnic was the first institution in the world to adopt default CC-BY intellectual property policy, and five Kiwi institutions are founding anchor partners of the OERu initiative.

OER in Australia

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a strong provider of distance education programs, with 75% of its students studying by distance education. USQ’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) portal makes 10 courses available under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

Bridging the Gap: teaching adaptations across the disciplines and sharing content for curriculum renewal‘ commenced in January 2012. It is led by the University of Tasmania and funded by the
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd (ALTC) – now Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)).

OER in South Korea

SNOW “Sookmyung Network for Open World” is a community type OER platform that delivers remarkable courseware around the world to a Korean speaking audience. Users can upload OER content to share, discuss with comments, and translate into Korean

Korea University’s OCW is the official Open CourseWare site for Korea University and makes course materials available through CC licensing. It holds more than 270 classes, provided by professors who believe in sharing and opening up their resources.

Since 2009, the University of Ulsan has run its OCW website for students and general users. It shares more than 500 classes by over 24 professors throughout 11 colleges.

Egoing is a independent blogger who is voluntarily uploading online tutorials. His project has been described as the “Korean IT version of Khan Academy.” His most well-known curriculum “Life Coding” encourages people to become familiar with IT and learn how to code by themselves. This program offers video tutorials, a discussion board, Facebook group, and a mutually shared study schedule. It is an example of how a non-organization initiated open education program can be successful through a self-motivated and dedicated program developer and networking participants.

OER in Japan

Related to the Japanese Earthquake in 2011

Yahoo! Japan: Higashinihon Daishinsai Shashin Hozon Purojekuto (Great Earthquake of Eastern Japan Photo Archiving Project) with nearly 40,000 pictures posted.
Google: Mirai eno kioku (Memories for the future).

OpenCourseWare in Japan

SNOWBALLS – University of Tokyo: student-driven OER repository /content management system on safety issues and engineering terminology.

TIES – Tezukayama University: inter-university sharing platform for OCW and teaching tips

iOCW – Kyoto University: search engine concept for OCW discovery.

Tokyo Tech OCW/OCW-i – Tokyo Tech: course management system interfaced with OCW repository

Creative Commons Mainland China

Professor Chunyan Wang of Creative Commons Mainland China has co-authored “Open Educational Resources in the People’s Republic of China: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for Development.” This resource is a review of relevant academic research and concepts related to the open educational content as applied to the Chinese context, published by UNESCO IITE.

Open Source Software Packages in Taiwan

Open Source Software Application Consulting Centre (OSSACC) have OER related projects which are funded by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. Because of their free licenses, they have allowed for wide and grass-root usage in Taiwan and elsewhere.

Localization of the popular “PhET” Interactive Simulation software originally developed at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

EzGo9 is a Ubuntu-based distribution tailored for K-12 educational use in class rooms and at home by teachers and students. It includes a vast collection of (localized) educational software packages.

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