The importance of OER online courses in the democratization of education

“Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a strategic opportunity to improve the quality of education as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building.” (UNESCO, [1])

 

Eliademy recently started crowdsourcing OER (Open Educational Resources) online courses in order to democratize education worldwide. OER are educational resources such as texts, images, videos, assignments, courses, etc. which are freely accessible to anyone and can be used to teach and learn. They can be part of the public domain or released under a license allowing free use, adaptation and distribution. According to the OER Research Hub, teachers notably share OER in the format of videos, images, lesson plans and quizzes [2]. Online courses are also increasingly released as OER, even if they are still only a few. This trend represents a huge progress in the democratization of education for a number of reasons.

On Eliademy teachers can offer their courses as Open Educational Resources.

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NGO: Raise awareness and funds with Eliademy

The use of e-learning in NGOs is increasing dramatically, like in any other type of organization. It is mostly thought as a mean to train the employees, volunteers and partners. However, creating and sharing online courses can also help out with two crucial issues for NGOs: raising public awareness and raising funds. What about using Eliademy e-learning platform in order to increase public support to your cause and raise funds to sustain your actions?

On Eliademy, NGOs can raise awareness and funds.

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Eminus achieving education for all

We are glad to welcome a post of our first guest blogger, Cherie Enns. Cherie Enns is the coordinator of the project Eminus Academy, a program of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), BASF Foundation and the University of the Fraser Valley (UVF). Eminus Academy is a close partner of Eliademy and offers courses on our platform.Logos of UN-Habitat and BASF Stiftung, founder of Eminus Academy, which offers courses on Eliademy

Eminus achieving education for all

Eminus Goal:

To create an entrepreneurial and sustainable development applied certification program that is interactive and dynamic (in essence a virtual global classroom), using state of the art digital media[1]. Continue reading

Global Workers Justice Alliance welcome to Eliademy

The GloWorkers rights joins Eliademy bal Workers Justice Alliance story is amazing, was founded by Cathleen Caron to challenge a developing and unaddressed crisis in the globalizing economy: abused migrant workers being shut out of the justice system because they went home to their families. Starting out as an attorney defending the rights of migrant workers in Florida, she saw this denial of justice again and again. After a hard-earned class action win against a particularly exploitative farm in south Florida, she was profoundly troubled when the majority of the two thousand farmworkers never recovered the wages legally owed them because they had left Florida, many to return to their homeland of Guatemala. Cathleen’s experience was similar to other advocates across the United States. Despite diligent efforts by dedicated advocates, the reality of these workers’ lives meant that they crossed borders, complicating any legal action on their behalf.

Subsequently, Cathleen designed and spearheaded a project on human trafficking in East Timor. What she encountered in East Timor was the same as the United States–the denial of cross-border justice. She began to realize that the need “portable justice”–as she started calling it–was not confined to North America but that it was a global phenomena. Forcing workers to choose between enforcing their rights or going home seemed wholly unjust. Cathleen was determined to find another way.

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Doctors of the world (UK) welcome to Eliademy!

Doctors of the world is using EliademyDoctors of the World UK is part of the global Médecins du Monde network, which delivers over 300 projects in more than 70 countries through 3,000 volunteers. Our vision is of a world in which vulnerable people affected by war, natural disasters, disease, hunger, poverty or exclusion get the healthcare they need regardless of income or status.

Through health programmes and advocacy Doctors of the World work to ensure excluded people overcome barriers to healthcare. Since opening in the UK in 1998, they raised more than £8 million for overseas programmes, helped more than 7,000 service users and fought for healthcare as a human right for all.

We, at Eliademy, are very proud that such large organization will be able to train their volunteers with our little help. Join the 100s of non-profits that offer their training on Eliademy by requesting your free upgrade to Premium. 

Eliademy Premium includes your own private learning space, with private video storage, LIVE webinars and much more! You can create your very first course in 2 minutes.