SPARC Europe launches large-scale Open Education initiative to share knowledge across countries -

SPARC Europe is poised to embark on a new, two-and-a-half-year programme to grow Open Education (OE) capacity among libraries of higher education (HE) in Europe. The project will allow gaining a better understanding of the European HE library community’s needs and progress in OE, to share knowledge across countries, and to advocate for more OER, OE policy and open infrastructure. The work will contribute to the implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation.

SPARC Europe will lead a research effort that will identify which European academic HE libraries are offering OE services and how; this will grow understanding of how libraries can deliver on UNESCO OER Recommendation objectives and reveal where there is more work to be done. Who has established OE policies and strategies? What do they include? These are among the issues that will be explored through research. What is learned will be used to inform the new SPARC Europe OE program and to help guide the community manager.

SPARC Europe will seek to develop the European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) into a thriving Community of Practice and will work to grow the network itself. The grant will enable the creation of a new position—a community manager, who will be immersed in the network, working to ensure SPARC Europe is tapping into and sharing the individual knowledge of members on OE, OER policy and practice.

Other aspects of the programme will encompass advocacy and communications, developing OE and OER policy on an international European level seeking to support the development of new policies and programmes; and addressing OE infrastructure sustainability.

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