Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Open Educational Resources and Distance Learning, Challenges and the Way Forward in Higher Education

  • Adeyinka TellaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_260



The whole world is now striving toward achieving universal access to high-quality education which is the key to the achievement of peace and sustainable social and economic development. In a bid to help learners in utilizing high-quality educational content and materials, open educational resources (OER) present free accessibility to essential content as well as opportunities for reusability and sharing (Willems and Bossu 2012). Open educational resources are free learning resources accessible and available on the Internet. OER can be defined as “materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone (Downes, 2011). In a related vein, OER are teaching, learning and research resources that resides in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Library and Information ScienceUniversity of IlorinIlorinNigeria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jari Multisilta
    • 1
  1. 1.Satakunta University of Applied SciencesPoriFinland