Presented by: Catherine Cronin
In April 2020, UNESCO called on the global community to support the use of OER “with a view to building more inclusive, sustainable, resilient Knowledge Societies”. During 2020, interest in OER has increased. Use of OER supports broader efforts to increase access to and ensure equity in education; potential pedagogical benefits include enabling new forms of authentic assessment, supporting students’ contributions to public knowledge, developing digital/data literacies and collaboration. In our current challenging contexts, how can the use of OER/OEP be meaningful and helpful, in our lives and the lives of those with whom we learn and teach?
Catherine Cronin is an open educator, open researcher and Strategic Education Developer at the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Catherine’s work focuses primarily on critical approaches to digital and open education. A born New Yorker who has made her home in Ireland, you can find Catherine at @catherinecronin and catherinecronin.net.