Open educational resources offer (OER) a promising solution to the perennial challenge of delivering high levels of student learning at lower cost. But OER offer much more than just cost savings. Well-designed customizable open the license materials can engage students and energise educators in ways that enable more responsive teaching and better learning.
Our foundation’s goal has always been to make such materials broadly and equitably and available in order to expand and equalize access to knowledge and high-quality educational opportunities. The Hewlett foundation began supporting OER in 2002, and early efforts were geared toward an initial goal of seeing the use of or OER develop and spread.
We created legal and technical infrastructure including tools to make sure we OER easier to find. We work to strengthen key institutions within the budding OER field, While backing advocacy efforts to unlock all your funding at the state and national levels. Further we championed the development of guidelines and standards to improve the discovery interoperability and accessibility o OER.