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Friday, November 13 • 14:00 - 15:30
WS 58 OERs: Can they bridge the digital divide gap?

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Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 5,000 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental. 
Today there is a fast increase in numbers of massive open online courses, open educational resources (OER) on the Internet and the process is getting even faster with emerging technologies: mobile, virtual and augmented reality etc. OERs have gained increased attention for their potential and promise to obviate demographic, economic, and geographic educational boundaries and to promote life-long learning and personalised learning. The initiatives of Education For All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) have helped put the debate surrounding basic education firmly in the educational, developmental and economic spotlight. With the continued widening digital divide gap in the global South (Sub Sahara Africa), experts have argued that OERs could be the answer to digital inclusion and diversity and online education services now are major approaches for empowerment people. Access to such a large and unregulated body of information, as exists on the Internet, suggests a need for quality control and critical evaluation of related educational internet resources as the information there might be irrelevant and of low-quality. Thus there should be basic principles of quality control of education services, and especially educational content discussed during the IGF with representatives of different stakeholders groups.

Friday November 13, 2015 14:00 - 15:30 GMT-03
Workshop Room 5

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