Wikiwijs: An unexpected journey and the lessons learned towards OER

Robert Schuwer, Karel Kreijns, Marjan Vermeulen

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    The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has funded a five years program to encourage the use, creation and sharing of Open Educational Resources (OER) by teachers from various types of education. This program is known as Wikiwijs. Ultimo 2013, the program has come to an end. As some of the assump- tions at the start of Wikiwijs proved to work out in unexpected ways the lessons learned could fuel the next steps in developing Wikiwijs. Besides, other national initiatives on opening up education1 may also benefit from the lessons learned reported here. The main conclusion from five years Wikiwijs was that to accomplish mainstreaming OER, the Wikiwijs program should go along with other interventions that are more oriented toward prescriptive policies and regulations. In particular: the Dutch government should be more directive in persuading executive boards and teachers on schools to adopt OER as an important part of educational reform and the acquisition of 21st century skills.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-102
    Number of pages12
    JournalOpen Praxis
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
    EventOpenCourseWare Consortium Global Conference - Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Duration: 23 Apr 201425 Apr 2014


    • Wikiwijs
    • Open Educational Resources
    • OER
    • Open education
    • OER policy
    • repository


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