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OER university; Open planning meeting

The Open Planning Meeting that would pave way for the establishment of Open Educational Resources university (OERu) was held in the Council Room, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand from 9am to 5pm NZDST on 23/02/2011. A live streaming of the meeting  (with the support of UNESCO Office for pacific states) was also available at  the OERu channel in the Ustream. In his welcome address Dr Robin Day, Chair of the Board of the OER Foundation and Deputy Chief Executive of Otago Polytechnic said that "We extend an open invitation to all post-secondary institutions that care about sharing knowledge as a core value of education to join us in planning these sustainable learning futures."
Professor Jim Taylor, from the University of Southern Queensland led discussions on the OER university concept and introduced a logic model for planning the OER university. Prof. Jim Taylor pointed out that the OER university will create a parallel learning universe to augment and add value to tr…

Towards an OER University

In a joint Media release the OER Foundation, New Zealand and the UNESCO Office for pacific states have announced their decision to to host a strategic international meeting in Dunedin on 23 February, to commence planning for the provision of free learning to all students worldwide. Support from the United Nations Science and Education Organisation (UNESCO) to stream the meeting on the internet will allow the participation of education leaders and interested persons from around the globe. The joint press release invites all stakeholders to join the meeting as a virtual participant. The meeting is expected to become the first milestone towards the establishment of an OER University.

OER University will definitely be a great success becuse it is the need of the hour. Moreover, Open Distance Learning using OERs is the most environment friendly way of education. It will drastically cut down the necessities for extensive travels for studies as well as enormous printing of study materials. …