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Title: The Open Educational Resources (OERs): Challenges and opportunities in Higher education

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Title:
The Open Educational Resources (OERs): Challenges and opportunities in Higher education
Author Name:
S. Jeelani, M.V. Ramana Murthy
Abstract:
Even through India has world-class institutions, they are far out-numbered by weaker institutions that have lagged behind the technological curve that has gripped the Indian economy. As such, it is of paramount importance that the Indian government takes significant strides to improve, adapt, and grow the overall knowledge capital and its availability to all Indian students in our higher education system. Currently, there are many problems in the higher education system that needs to be tacked immediately. Some of the more pressing, important issue which needs attention are: the paucity of higher-quality teachers, inadequate infrastructure of the universities and more specifically their libraries, and the poor quality of Educational Resources utilizes at various universities and colleges. If these problems are not solved expeditiously, the overall impact on Indian economy can be disastrous. The number of students graduating from our nations institutional will be greatly diminished as they seek better educational alternatives. The students that do graduate from India’s colleges and universities will be less and less employable as they lack the necessary skills and relevant knowledge to compete in the global labor marketplace. And most frustrating of all, Indian students coming from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds will find fewer and fewer. One of the many steps NKC recommends to address these pressing problems is to increase the amount of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access (OA). If these goals can be accomplished, the easy and widespread availability of higher quality educational resources will drastically change the paradigm of teaching for the better and improve the quality of education for all of our students.
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