Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: A three day workshop cum training programme on ‘Create and Re-purpose of Open Educational Resources (OER) for Learning’ has been inaugurated today at Bhubaneswar. The workshop is being organised by Odisha State Open University (OSOU) in collaboration with Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi to create awareness about the basic theoretical concepts and practices related to OERs within institutional context.
Mr. Jayant Kar Sharma, Registrar of OSOU introduced the objective of the workshop. He also informed about OSOU’s focus on developing OER. Dr. Manas Ranjan Panigrahi, Programme Officer of CEMCA shared about activities of CEMCA in promoting OER for quality education.
Mr. Prakash Kumar Pati, Dy. Director General, National Academy of Broadcasting and Multimedia (NABM) attended the programme as the Chief Guest. In his address he said that Content is important for education and OER can help developing quality content. Prof. Mohan Menon, who is the Key Resource Person of the programme informed the participants about importance of OER.
The Workshop has been attended by about 36 persons who are associated with OSOU as Faculty member or course writers. The three day workshop will continue till October 27, 2016 and is expected to help in creating knowledge and skill in OER related functional areas including creation of quality assured course material and search, find and reuse of OER material to be integrated in the course material.
OSOU, established by an Act of Government of Odisha, is the first the first Open University in the state. It is focusing on good quality materials for its students and it is producing self instructional materials both in Odia and English.