Open Educational Resources through the European lens: Pedagogical opportunities and copyright constraints

Giulia Priora, Giovanna Carloni

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Abstract

The adoption of Open Educational Resources (“OERs”) in schools and universities is a phenomenon also on the rise in Europe. Increasingly relying on digital, open, freely adaptable materials that are specifically designed for educational purposes is not only a response to the disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a consistent policy step towards an inclusive, diverse, and quality education in the EU. The article examines the potential and constraints of OERs from both a pedagogical and legal perspective. It demonstrates how these types of resources are fit for purpose to achieve diversity, knowledge co-creation, and student agency in educational ecosystems. It also flags points of weakness of the EU copyright legal framework, such as the lack of harmonization of rules on co-authorship and adaptation, which need to be tackled to fully enable OER-enabled pedagogies across the Union.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-329
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • EU copyright law
  • Europe
  • OER-enabled pedagogy
  • open access
  • Open Educational Resources

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