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Localising OER to meet the needs of educators in India


TESS-India aims to use OER both in training new teachers, to meet a shortfall estimated at 1.33 million, and in improving the practice of existing teachers, reducing pressure on teacher education institutions and enabling them to deliver quality teacher training, at scale and speed, to both teachers in training and teachers in the classroom.

This case study originally appeared on the OER Hub website at http://oerhub.net/what-we-do/case-studies/


January 2013- June 2014

The project worked in partnership with Indian states and a range of education institutions to create the first and biggest network of freely available, high quality, teacher education resources in India, co-written by UK and Indian academic experts and available both in print and online. OER Research Hub fellow Leigh-Anne Perryman conducted research on the process of OER localisation, whereby various aspects of the teacher education materials (e.g. language, pedagogy, imagery and cultural references) are adapted to meet the needs of each of the Indian states in which those resources will be delivered. A large-scale pan-India survey of attitudes towards OER use, adoption and practice in a variety of settings is currently in progress.


Perryman, L.-A. & Seal, T. (2015). Open educational practices and attitudes to openness across India: reporting the findings of the OER Research Hub pan-India survey. In: OER15, 14-15 April 2015, Cardiff. http://oro.open.ac.uk/43345/

Perryman, L.-A. & Coughlan, T. (2014). When two worlds don’t collide: can social curation address the marginalisation of open educational practices and resources from outside academia? Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014(2), article no. 3. http://oro.open.ac.uk/41629/