Sunday, August 25, 2013

National Repository of OER - India (NROER)

A BIG APPLAUSE to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD - India) and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT - India) for launching the  'National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER). The resources are available online at

The Repository is an initiative of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training. Metastudio, the platform hosting the Repository is an initiative of the Gnowledge Labs, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

The Repository organises its collections into a ever growing semantic map of concepts. The concept map itself is a learning resource for teachers, providing an opportunity for critically assessing the curriculum and aiding the construction of their own unique learning themes for their classrooms. The digital resources – documents, audio-visuals, interactive objects, images are mapped to the concepts. This enables access to a library from which teachers can choose appropriate resources.

The declared objectives of the repository are:

    To enhance the quality of teaching-learning
    To facilitate teachers to create and share contextualized teaching learning resources
    To celebrate innovations in resource creation

The NROER identifies itself as a collaborative platform, involving each and every one interested in children, teachers and education. The Repository promises to bring together all digital and digitisable resources for the school system – for all classes, for all subjects and in all languages.

The major attraction of the repository is its CC-BY-SA license.