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Open Educational Resources

OER - Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation” (UNESCO).

The concept of OER is at different levels of development in our region, and its implementation faces different challenges, depending on local context and actors involved. The Educational Portal works in collaboration with academic institutions, the private sector, and governments to advance the concept of OER in the Americas.

Regional Awareness - OER
We promote regional awareness about OER through the following initiatives:
• Organizing virtual dialogues with the participation of scholars, specialists, government officials, NGO professionals and the general public
• Conducting virtual presentations and workshops with OER specialists from the region
• Promoting best practices in OER in the Americas
• Promoting research in the field
• Creating communities of practice for the exchange of knowledge and experiences in OER


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