This year’s first Open University Journal of Open and Distance Learning, Open Learning, is a special free access issue guest edited by Susan D’Antoni who is responsible for UNESCO’s international Community on Open Educational Resources.
The special themed issue of the international peer-reviewed journal is free and accessible to all online. It provides an introduction to the emerging OER movement, a key tool in attaining Education for All, and its implications for education systems and institutions, educators and learners. Articles include details of OER initiatives and contributions from some of the most influential experts and supporters of the movement.
UNESCO’s international Community on Open Educational Resources has been active since 2005. It connects over 800 individuals in 108 countries to share information and discuss issues surrounding the production and use of Open Educational Resources – materials offered freely and openly for use and reuse in teaching, learning and research. UNESCO’s work on OER is generously supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.