Sambalpur: Odisha State Open University (OSOU) in collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada organised a workshop on Quality Assurance in Open Educational Resources (OER), at OSOU headquarters, Sambalpur from 17th to 19th of this month. Internationally acclaimed e-learning specialist Andrew Moore joined the workshop as the resource person and interacted with the participants from various open Universities across India.
The three day workshop addressed the need for creating quality self-learning materials for the benefit of learners enrolled in various open and distant learning courses. Several pertinent issues such as the open licensing system, tracking the right OER curriculum resources and building a culture of quality at home institutions were also discussed.
The workshop emphasized the need for designing of course materials keeping the learners in focus. Self-learning materials, otherwise seen as ‘Teachers in print’ have a distinct role to play in open and distance learning.
OSOU has a well-established practice of uploading its elaborate course materials in its official website. The same is available 24×7 for public use. ‘Knowledge is free and care has to be taken to ensure that the last person in the queue gets an equal opportunity to learn’ contended Prof Srikant Mohapatra, honourable vice chancellor of OSOU. “This kind of initiative for ensuring quality in open and distance learning resources as in taken for the first time in Odisha and the col deserves our special thank for the support” said Dr Mohapatra.
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 1987 to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.