Open Educational Resources

  • Gráinne Conole
Part of the Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies book series (LSIS, volume 4)


There has been a growing interest in recent years in making educational content freely available. Terms such as ‘open content’ and ‘open educational resources’ have gained currency, and there is now a well-established international community of those interested in producing, using and researching open educational resources (OER). This chapter gives an overview of the growth of the OER movement and summarises some of the issues, highlighting key references.


Open Content Open Educational Resource Framework Programme Project Quality Assurance Model Open Educational Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gráinne Conole
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  1. 1.Beyond Distance Research AllianceUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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