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From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission
Open Educational Resources: Brazilian Challenges and Perspectives
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Carolina Rossini
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Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Harvard, and OSI grantee
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

OER is a concept that needs to be understood and appreciated from national perspectives and, mainly, from different structures of educational systems and strategies. Education is a deeply contextual and continuous process, so the global themes of access and openness must be studied in local implementations if they are to take root in local communities.
Brazil has taken one of the leading positions in the A2K, Open Source/free Software and Open Access movements, but still has taken small steps in consolidating an Open Education Resources strategy based in a structured approach. It is also notorious that some of the projects born during the current administration are technology driven, lacking a clear position inside a contemporary tendency. And unlike Open Access, which draws on the “invisible colleges” of research in which a biologist in Brazil has much in common with a biologist in Germany, Open Education must draw on much more local culture to make learning appropriate and lifelong. There is a significant need to both identify the global aspects of the OER movement and to learn skills and strategies to localize those aspects through the creation of country and community specific implementations.
Thus, in order to understand the complexity of a possible existing scenario of Open Educational Resources in Brazil and to propose recommendations, the OER-Br Project was structured and develop approaches that work with both policy makers and community in order to plant the seeds necessary for a fertile soil for the emergence of OER project and policy in Brazil.

Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)

People and Community and/or Knowledge and Collaboration

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Probably not, due to lack of funds.

Slides or further information (optional)

Yes. You can find example of past slides at www.rea.net.br

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  1. carolina.rossini
  2. Everton137 16:40, 10 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
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