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Survey on Governments’ Open Educational Resources (OER) Policies

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have taken an active interest in the development of the open educational resources (OER) movement. As part of their joint project Fostering Governmental Support for Open Educational Resources Internationally, UNESCO and COL invited governments to provide information about their policies in relation to OER. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a similar survey of its member states between August and October 2011 but, because it could not share the detailed results, OECD countries were also included in this survey. This report provides an overview of the findings of the COL/UNESCO survey on OER policies and activity across all countries of the world.

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