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¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 For further information, please visit Open Scotland at http://openscot.net/ We invite all those with an interest in education in Scotland to comment on and contribute to this draft.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 3 Scotland has a distinctive and highly regarded tradition of education, the benefits of which can be extended both nationally and internationally through the adoption of open education policies and practice across all sectors of Scottish education.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 6 Open education can promote knowledge transfer while at the same time enhancing quality and sustainability, supporting social inclusion, and creating a culture of inter-institutional collaboration and sharing. In addition, open education can expand access to education, widen participation, create new opportunities for the next generation of teachers and learners and prepare them to become fully engaged digital citizens.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 3 Scotland has long been at the forefront of technology supported education innovation and there are many examples of pioneering open education developments across all sectors of Scottish education. These include adoption of open badges and open assessment and accreditation practices; development of open educational resources, open frameworks for technology enhanced learning and massive open online courses; exploration of open data in education and engagement with organisations such as Wikimedia UK and the Open Knowledge Foundation. The next step forward is to join up these initiatives and develop policy support and guidance to enable the culture shift required to embed open education practice across all sectors of Scottish education.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 8 Building on UNESCO’s 2012 Paris OER Declaration, the Scottish Open Education Declaration calls on the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Further and Higher Education Institutions to endorse the following principles. These principles are also in line with the European Commissions Opening Up Education Initiative, which aims to create opportunities for organisations, teachers and learner to innovate and to ensure that educational materials produced with public funding are available to all.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 1 a. Foster awareness of all forms of open education practice across all sectors of Scottish education. Promote open education and use open educational resources to widen access to lifelong learning at all levels, both formal and non formal, thus contributing to social inclusion, gender equity and special needs education.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 4 b. Facilitate enabling environments for use of information and communications technologies and link these with strategies to improve digital literacies. Bridge the digital divide by developing adequate infrastructure, including affordable broadband connectivity and widespread mobile technology.
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 c. Reinforce the development of strategies and policies for open assessment practices, open educational resources and open online courses. Support the adoption of open licences for all publicly funded educational content. Promote the development and use of open educational resources within wider strategies for advancing education.
¶ 12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 1 d. Promote the understanding and use of open licensing frameworks to enable different kinds of uses, while respecting the rights of copyright holders. Support the adoption of open licences to facilitate the re-use, revision, remixing and redistribution of educational materials across Scotland and beyond.
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 2 e. Support capacity building for the sustainable development of quality open learning courses and materials. Support institutions, train and motivate teachers and other key personnel to produce and share high-quality, accessible educational content, resources and experiences, while taking into account local needs and the full diversity of learners.
¶ 14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 1 f. Foster strategic open education alliances. Take advantage of evolving technology to create opportunities for sharing openly licensed courses and materials and ensure sustainability through new strategic partnerships within and among the education, industry, library, media and telecommunications sectors.
¶ 15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 g. Encourage the development and adaptation of open education resources in a variety of local languages and diverse cultural contexts to ensure their relevance and accessibility.
¶ 16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 h. Encourage research into open education. Foster research on developing, embedding and evaluating all forms open education practice. Focus on opportunities and challenges and the impact on teaching and learning in order to strengthen the evidence base for public investment in open education in general and open educational resources in particular.
¶ 17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 4 i. Support the development of user-friendly tools and technologies to find, retrieve and share open education resources that are relevant to the needs of teachers and learners. Adopt appropriate open standards to ensure interoperability and to facilitate the sharing and reuse of open educational courses, resources and assessment materials.
¶ 18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 2 j. Encourage the open licensing of educational materials produced with public funds. Governments, institutions and education authorities can create substantial benefits for all by ensuring that educational materials developed with public funds are made available under open licenses (with any restrictions they deem necessary) in order to maximize the impact of their investment.
¶ 19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 k. Promote the adoption of procurement policies that give equal consideration to free and open source software and openly licensed materials, and support the development in education and related sectors of processes and practices to provide a level playing field for free and open source software and open education resources in procurement.
¶ 21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
¶ 22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 This work is derived, with permission, from the UNESCO Paris OER Declaration. This draft of the Scottish Open Education Declaration was authored by Lorna M. Campbell. All comments are attributable to the individuals named.