Exploring Initiatives for Open Educational Practices at an Australian and a Brazilian University

Authors : Carina Bossu, Marineli Meier

This paper explores some key developments in Open Educational Practices (OEP) in higher education in Australia and in Brazil. More specifically, it focuses on the analysis of two individual universities: the University of Tasmania, in Australia; and the Federal University of Paraná, in Brazil.

They are both public and mostly face-to-face universities trying to engage with OEP to enhance their blended learning offerings, and more generally learning and teaching.

However, these institutions are distinctive in terms of their student numbers, their blended learning approaches, their role within their own communities, and their OEP strategies and initiatives.

We will present some of the key policies and strategies adopted by these universities to support OEP, as well as the impact and the opportunities at present.

The discussion in this paper will then attempt to make some recommendations for future directions of OEP adoption not only in these two countries, but also elsewhere.

URL : Exploring Initiatives for Open Educational Practices at an Australian and a Brazilian University

DOI : http://doi.org/10.5334/jime.475

Equipping the Next Generation for Responsible Research and Innovation with Open Educational Resources, Open Courses, Open Communities and Open Schooling: An Impact Case Study in Brazil

Authors : Alexandra Okada, Tony Sherborne

There has been an increasing number of projects and institutions promoting open education at scale through Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to broaden learning opportunities for all. However, there are still many challenges in relation to sustainability, effective implementation and evidence-based impact to support educational policies.

To explore this gap, this paper focuses on an integrated model that combines OER, MOOC, Communities of Practice (CoP) and Open Schooling to promote open education and foster inquiry skills for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), a key approach coined by the European Commission.

This study focuses on the ENGAGE Project, with 14 partners in Europe who produced more than 300 OER, 60 MOOC in ten languages and supported 27 CoP with more than 17,000 members in the world including more than 2,000 from Brazil.

Through a novel framework on impact assessment of OER for RRI underpinned by a mixed method approach, this study examines the influence of open education on academic and non-academic groups and the correlation between the outputs developed in the project with the outcomes reported by the Brazilian communities.

Qualitative and quantitative data from the ENGAGE platform, journal articles produced by the Brazilian participants and interviews with authors were analysed.

Findings report the different ways that the community developed open schooling projects, the changes in their practices to foster digital scientific literacy, and outcomes with implications for society.

URL : Equipping the Next Generation for Responsible Research and Innovation with Open Educational Resources, Open Courses, Open Communities and Open Schooling: An Impact Case Study in Brazil

DOI : http://doi.org/10.5334/jime.482

Digital accessibility within the Brazili…

Digital accessibility within the Brazilian context :

“Accessibility has been inserted into the public policy agenda of several governments, including Brazil. Therewith, the Secretary of Logistics and Information Technology (SLTI) of the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management of the Brazilian Government designed the Electronic Government Accessibility model (e-Mag). Thus, this paper is intended to present a brief history of Brazilian initiatives in digital accessibility; the e-Mag and its recommendations; the ASES (Site Accessibility Evaluator and Simulator) software to facilitate the accessibility process; the virtual learning course and technical lectures to disseminate the model and further steps to improve and establish it.”

URL : http://www.epractice.eu/files/European%20Journal%20epractice%20Volume%2010.5_4.pdf