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Conversations from south of the equator: Challenges and Opportunities in OER across Broader Oceania

Conversaciones desde el sur del ecuador: retos y oportunidades que plantean los REA en Oceanía


Recent decades have witnessed a number of fundamental structural shifts, both internally within the higher education academy and external to it, that have transformed the character of universities. A universal, increased interest in Open Educational Resources (OER) is at once both one of these added pressures and perhaps potentially a key way to meet the growing demand for higher education. The overarching theme of this Special Section, OER initiatives in Broader Oceania, allows educators to showcase how challenges and opportunities in this region are being addressed with innovation and/or collaboration. It also facilitates sharing of knowledge and exchange of varied perspectives and dialogue, not only between countries in the region, but hopefully also between Broader Oceania and Europe. Developments and trends in OER and an emergent Open Educational Practice across Asia-Pacific mirror advances occurring across the world.


En las últimas décadas, se han producido una serie de cambios estructurales fundamentales (tanto internamente, en el seno de la educación superior, como fuera de ella) que han transformado el carácter de las universidades. El aumento del interés generalizado en los recursos educativos abiertos (REA) es, a la vez, una presión añadida a esos cambios y, quizá, también una clave potential para dar respuesta a la demanda creciente de educación superior. En esta sección monográfica sobre las iniciativas en el ámbito de los REA en Oceanía, los docentes muestran cómo se están abordando los retos y las oportunidades en esta región a través de la innovación y/o la colaboración. Esta sección monográfica es, asimismo, un marco para la comunicación del conocimiento y el intercambio de distintos puntos de vista, además del diálogo, no solo entre los países de la región, sino también, posiblemente, entre Oceanía y Europa. Las últimas novedades y tendencias en los REA, así como la emergencia de las prácticas educativas abiertas (PEA) en la región Asia-Pacífico, son un fiel reflejo de los avances que se están produciendo en todo el mundo.


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James, R., Bossu, C. Conversations from south of the equator: Challenges and Opportunities in OER across Broader Oceania. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 11, 78–90 (2014).

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  • open educational practice
  • open access
  • open data
  • learning design
  • MOOC

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  • recursos educativos abiertos
  • prácticas educativas abiertas
  • acceso libre
  • datos abiertos
  • diseño del aprendizaje
  • MOOC