POERUP – Policies for OER Uptake
The overall aim of POERUP was to carry out research to understand how governments can stimulate the uptake of OER by policy means, not excluding financial means but recognising that in the ongoing economic situation in Europe the scope for government financial support for such activities is much less than it was in the past or is now in some non-EU countries such as US, Canada and Australia.
POERUP did not formulate policies based on informal discussions. POERUP wanted the policies to be evidence-based policies – based on looking beyond one’s own country, region or continent, and beyond the educational sector that a ministry typically looks after.
POERUP also wanted to provide education authorities, the research community and OER initiative management with trustworthy and balanced research results, in which feedback from all stakeholder groups had been incorporated and which was used as standard literature. A specific objective was to help readers in charge of OER initiatives to foresee hidden traps and to find ways of incorporating successful features of other initiatives.
POERUP was about dispassionate analysis, not lobbying – an issue where it strove to take a balanced view within an overall positive orientation, in respect of OER specifically, and opening up education, more generally.
POERUP aimed to provide policymakers and education authorities above institutions, but also OER management and practitioners within institutions, with insight into what has been done in this area, plus a categorization of the different initiatives (major and minor) and the diverse range of providers. The POERUP studies provided practical and concrete information in order to contribute towards a more informed approach in the future.