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Friday, November 20 • 9:45am - 10:15am
A Tale of Two Globes: Exploring the North/South Divide in Use of OER

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Mainly considered a socio-economic, political and cultural divide, the disparity between the Global North and Global South is also evident in open education: established trends in OER research originate largely in the US and Europe (Trotter, 2015), while the provision of open content and pedagogy tend to be dominated by Western thinking (Albright, 2005).

Since 2013, the Hewlett-funded OER Research Hub Project (http://oerresearchhub.org) has collected approximately 7,500 valid responses from 180 countries in a world-wide survey designed to enhance our understanding of the use and impact of OER in teaching and learning (de los Arcos et al., 2014). In this presentation we will examine this survey data to explore the existence of a North/South divide in terms of the challenges and opportunities that open education affords educators, formal and informal learners, and put forward recommendations to reach across both worlds.

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Rob Farrow

Senior Research Fellow, The Open University
Senior Research Fellow @openuniversity / Open Education through a philosophical lens / Projects: @oer_hub @gogn_oer Project URLS:https://encoreproject.eu/http://go-gn.net/https://emc.eadtu.eu/emc-lm/http://oerhub.net/
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Beck Pitt

Research Assistant, The Open University
Hi there! I'm a researcher on the Open Education Research Hub and Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project at the Open University (UK). Find out more: http://oerresearchhub.org Come and talk to me about all things open and how we (the Hub) could help you!

Friday November 20, 2015 9:45am - 10:15am PST
Waddington Room

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