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Meeting the challenges of higher education in India through Open Educational Resources: Policies, practices, and implications

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Published: 2016-03-28

Authors

Archana Thakran

Amity University

Ramesh Chander Sharma

Indria Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU)

Keywords: Open Education Resources; India; higher education; public policy; gross enrollment ratio; Twelfth Five Year Plan; equal educational opportunity; instructional materials and practices

Abstract

 Over the past two decades, the education sector in India has undergone a substantial transformation. Recent advances in technology have provided access to high quality educational resources and information on the Internet. This article examines the role of open educational resources (OER) in addressing the challenges of higher education in India, which range from geographical disparities in access to education, to shortages of trained and qualified faculty. The authors examine and discuss several OER initiatives that are currently advancing India’s efforts to create strong institutional mechanisms to overcome the country’s educational challenges through a national strategic framework designed to improve access to quality higher education. The authors explore these initiatives designed to increase access to education through OER, as well as those designed to develop OER-related skills for educators. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications of these initiatives for the development of open educational practices in India.

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Author Biographies

Archana Thakran

Amity University

Archana Thakran is an OER expert and bio-technologist by profession. She has trained teachers on the use and adoption of OER in various Indian Universities. She is very passionate about transforming the educational system through the use of OER.

 

 

Ramesh Chander Sharma

Indria Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU)

Dr. Ramesh Sharma is Regional Director of Indira Gandhi National Open University, India. His areas of expertise are open and distance learning and online learning.

 

 

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Published: 2016-03-28

How to Cite

Thakran, A., & Sharma, R. C. (2016). Meeting the challenges of higher education in India through Open Educational Resources: Policies, practices, and implications. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 37. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.24.1816