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Open Educational Resources revolutionized distance education 11 June, 2012

Prof. Sandhya Kode

Educators and students can use Open Educational Resources sans paying license fee

"The Open Educational Resources have transformed distance education sector in a big way," stated Prof. Uma Kanjilal, Director, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). She was interacting with the participants as part of the National Weekly Discussion envisaged by MHRD under NME-ICT on July 11, 2012.

The topic of the session was Open Educational Resources (OER).

In her keynote address, Prof. Uma said that the key advantage of OER is it helps to share educational content under an Open License. "If content is made available as OER material, one can reuse and adapt it as per the requirement. Therefore, there is no need to approach the copyright holder to use the content."

What's OER?

"Any materials that have been designed for teaching and learning are known as Open Educational Resources. For example, curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications and podcasts," she explained.

Prof. Uma, coordinator, eGyanKosh, said educators and students can use OER without paying royalties or license fees.

Popular OERs in the world are;

  • Wikipedia
  • Wikiversity
  • You Tube
  • Knowledge Hub
  • I Tunes

Digital education

eGyanKosh, launched in 9th June, 2008, has emerged as one of the world's largest education resource repositories.

"eGyanKosh was initiated to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources. Over 95 per cent of the self-instructional print material of the University have already been digitized and uploaded in the website. More than 2100 courses are available in eGyanKosh."


Around 28 Universities including Adarsh College of Engineering, The RISE Gandhi Group of Institutions, KCE Society's Moolji Jaitha College, Jalgaon, Lendi Institute of Engineering & Technology, North Maharastra University, Vels University, Chennai, IIT Madras and Goa University attended the online session.

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