image This policy brief recognizes the importance for nations to adopt Open Educational Resources in their own language and suggests policy recommendations for governments to take action for the development of OER in Less Used Languages.

Opening up education and Open Educational Resources (OER) are moving higher on the educational agenda for many countries across Europe and becoming a priority. No longer at the periphery of mainstream education, OER are entering the global mainstream in education.1 However, the uptake of OER in languages which are less used than the world languages, in particular English, is lagging. It is recommended for governments to adopt national policies in support of Open Educational Resources in lessused languages; facilitate in partnership with private, public and the educational sector, market places and collaborative arenas for quality OER; and take the leadership in facilitating the development of open frameworks and standards to ease the ability of OER repositories and systems to work together (provide and accept educational content, compatible applications and contextualised services).

Monique Udnaes, Gard Titlestad and Øystein Johannessen
educational authorities, policy makers, researchers, teachers
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