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Testing an Open Education Resource Framework for Europe
Start date: Oct 1, 2010,

Provision of Open Educational Resources is gaining increasing traction within Europe, with HEIs across the continent beginning to offer a selection of, or entire courses online through their web portals, or through initiatives such as the Open Courseware Consortium. Yet Open Educational Practice is still mainly an ad-hoc activity, embarked upon as an adjunct to the public mission of a university, as a marketing initiative, or on the initiative of individual members of staff within a particular HEI.The premise of the project is that thanks to reforms in HE in Europe designed to flexibilise learning pathways and brought about by the Bologna Process, the EHEA is in a unique position to experiment develop OER into a new form of provision which merges the traditions of recognition of non-formal learning and of distance provision. Thus, the project will create a framework for provision of OER within Europe through the:- creation of a single portal for accessing Euro-centric OER content- development of quality standards, assessment guidelines, financial models, curricular provisions and any other administrative requirements necessary to allow for HEIs within the EU to assess learning received exclusively through OER- assessment of the feasibility for EU HEIs to offer assessment services for OER- establishment of a European network to promote and follow the development of OER and Open Educational Practices within the EHEAThe assessment model to be proposed would follow these principles:- an HEI offers a test or coursework assignment for work within an OER online module, equivalent to that given for completion of the 'real' module - where appropriate, additional exercises may be added to the assignment to guarantee that the student's 'presence' was actually persistent during the course- an HEI would offer ECTS for passing the assessment, but these would not be directly linked to a programme.- The pilot would test the feasibility of these activities

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