The art of open research

P1000518 Teaching resources created by trainee teachers in Uttar Pradesh. Photo credit: Leigh-Anne Perryman CC-BY-SA

Today sees the launch of the biggest ever survey of open educational resources (OER) use in India – developed by The Open University (UK) academics Leigh-Anne Perryman and Tim Seal in connection with the OER Research Hub.  The survey is dual language (English and Hindi).

India has long shown a huge appetite for openness. In 2008 the Indian Government’s National Knowledge Commission (NKC) called for a ‘national e-content and curriculum initiative’ to stimulate the creation, adaptation and utilization of OER by Indian institutions and the leveraging of OER produced outside India.  Since then India has gained its own national OER repository – the National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) (, launched in 2013, extending the existing provision of OER offered by repositories such as the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU)-hosted e-GyanKosh…

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