Open educational resources and teachers' professionalism in the era of access

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Paolo Tosato
Juliana E. Raffaghelli


The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) has been considered a valid strategy for fostering innovative educational practices that adopt a learner centered approach. Following the conceptualization of OER proposed by UNESCO, a number of significant experiences have emerged in the use and sharing of OER. Nevertheless, these new modalities of interaction require new competences in the use and sharing of knowledge on the web. This paper introduces a preliminary study of teachers’ knowledge about the OER concept. It was carried out within the OER-Univirtual project, which is promoted by the Univirtual Lab on e-Learning Technologies. Analysis of results has provided the basis for formulating a training approach designed to foster teachers’ competences regarding the implementation of a new model of open education in secondary school teaching practice.

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