New Pathways to Learning – #OER and Non-formal Education

Classroom Aid

from Dr. Don Olcott, Jr don.olcott@hct.ac.ae
Manager of Strategic Planning and Engagement at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) system office in the United Arab Emirates

Abstract

The growth of non-formal education is expanding teaching and learning pathways for the delivery of global education. This growth, in concert with the expanded use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), is creating a potential synergy between non-formal education and OERs to strengthen the continuum of education and training for people who live in underserved and economically disadvantaged regions of the world. The author’s central theme is that OERs provide a valuable educational resource for use in non-formal education that needs to be expanded, researched and refined. OERs are not formal or non-formal resources. Rather, it is how OERs are used in formal and non-formal education settings that define their context and application for teaching and learning.

A basic conceptual framework is provided to offer the reader an initial approach for conceptualising the use…

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