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I would like to draw your attention to both a directory item published today at our directory section, and to a blog post by Pierre-Antoine.
The report shows major geographic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes, across and within EU Member States. It also gives a thorough account of intra-national regional inequalities in educational opportunities and outcomes in the EU.
I'm certain that these items can lead to a potentially interesting discussion regarding the role of Open Education and Open Educational Resources as a way out of the bleak prospect that the report envisions.
Regarding missing actions, and as far as policy development, there is a need for the implementation of a common European policy concerning digital skills that has an impact at different levels of the educational system.
Ideally, it should set a standard for the different national curricula, take into account the necessity to train both existing and future teachers and professors, and include digital skills as a key competence to be assessed in the OCDE Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
The availability of OER could facilitate this task enormously in the sense that the resources would be available for everyone in every country. The only trouble would then be the localization of the different resources which could be part of the process of using, reauthoring and reusing open resources.
The concept paper refers to four main areas of action. An EU policy intervention is due when specific and clear problems demand for a public intervention. Is this clearly the case for Open Education and which are for you the most urgent and priority problems to tackle? A discussion among the experts could be taken up on (i) relevance, urgency and approach of suggested actions. Do you agree that these correctly address the problems identified? Do you consider any of the proposed actions to be inappropriate to be included in this initiative? (ii) and/or missing actions which could be added. Is there any other action that you would consider essential to be included in this initiative? We are looking for 'grand' actions with a clear European added-value and impact. The four areas of action identified are: 1. Access, inclusion and equity; 2. Quality, efficiency and internationalisation; 3. Teaching, educational practices and assessment ; and 4. Policy development.
I am including here the EADTU contribution to EC discussion on OER for your reference and discussion as well as the MENON contribution seven ideas for the DGEAC.