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Open Educational Resources (OER): Benefits of OER

OER Benefits

There are many reasons for using OER in learning and teaching, including:

  • Expand the frontier of Adventist Education - Make Adventist education accessible to new populations and bridge the growing gap between demand and supply.
  • Increase enrollment and retention - Make education cheaper and affordable and accessible to  many by eliminating expensive textbooks and barriers of space.
  • Enhance Cross-institutional sharing of content with worldwide Adventist community
  • Showcasing of innovation and talent of Adventist educational authors through cross-country collaboration in resource development. This opens a wide audience to benefit from faculty research interests and expertise.
  • Continually improved resources - OER, by nature of its licenses, can be readily updated through crowd source review, particularly if students are included in the production  of learning resources.

OER and the Sustainable Development Goals

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free teaching resources which embody sustainability, inclusivity, equity and collaboration for social good in education.

OER support the following Sustainability Development Goals:

  • Goal 4: Quality Education - Ensure  all learners have equitable access to quality education and acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality - Achieve greater gender parity and equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure - Promote sustainable industries, and invest in scientific research and innovation, through unhindered access to information and knowledge. Human skillful empowerment is the key to the success of this goal.
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities - Reduce widening disparities of  inequality within and among countries by empowering local income earners and promoting economic inclusion.
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals - The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation, including partnership to share and make scholarly information freely available to equip all learners to develop their beings to the fullest, strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

United Nations Development Program - Sustainable Development Goals