Vignettes of Selected Asian Experience

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This report presents six case studies on the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) by institutions in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Pakistan and India. Each of the cases describes the experience, values and outcomes that institutions derived from adopting OER.

The case study in Malaysia presents the adoption of OER at Wawasan Open University for undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Three courses across three schools of studies were designed, developed and delivered to off-campus learners using OER as a main component of the content.

 The case study in Hong Kong presents a project to develop an open textbook system for Hong Kong. The project was launched in 2003 by the Open University of Hong Kong to design and produce open textbooks for all levels of education (primary, secondary and tertiary).

 The case study in Thailand presents an OER-based professional development course designed by the Thai Cyber University Project (TCU) to train e-learning specialists. The TCU acts as one massive portal through which Thai citizens can access e-learning courses from all participating public universities.

 The case study in Pakistan presents an Open Courseware programme by The Virtual University of Pakistan (VUP), where VUP’s learning materials are video lectures broadcasted to all parts of Pakistan through four TV channels and globally through YouTube.

The first case study in India presents the open courseware produced by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). The open courseware is made available for reuse by other colleges, and universities of engineering and technology.

The second case study in India presents a project on Karnataka Open Educational Resources (KOER), which attempts to build a community of teachers through sharing of OER for knowledge and their professional development.

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