Gurgaon, April 28, 2013: A three-day workshop on ‘Open Educational Resources’, supported by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), was organised by Apeejay Stya University (ASU) at the ASU Campus, located at Sohna Palwal Road from April 26 to April 28, 2013.

The Workshop was conducted to train the faculty of ASU and other Apeejay institutions of higher learning with an objective to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) required for brand building as well as for leveraging Open Educational Resources’ potential value to improve the quality of curriculum, content and instructions, facilitating academic collaboration and enhancing equitable access to knowledge resource. While the inaugural session was attended by 40 people including 25 participants, University dignitaries and other guests & speakers; the next two days’ sessions were attended by participants and resource persons.

The Workshop, on April 26, started with a welcome address by the Vice Chancellor of Apeejay Stya University – Dr. K.K. Dwivedi who also welcomed the Chief Guest, Dr. Sanjaya Misra, Director – CEMCA and other guests. One of the key points he emphasised was that through OER, high quality courseware is available for free and also that OER has made education affordable to large number of people. The Workshop was attended by key persons of Apeejay Stya University – Dr. V.S. Garg, Hon. Advisor, School of Education, who is also heading all the Apeejay Schools in the capacity of Director; Prof. Ashok Ogra, Hon. Advisor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication & Director of School of Mass Communication, Dwarka and Pro-Vice Chancellor-ASU, Dr. A.C. Vaid.

Thereafter, Dr. Sreedher- Professor – Emeritus, Apeejay Stya University gave an overview of OER. He also said that the difficulty faced is that faculties are more interested in getting royalty income for their web postings of the course materials.

Dr. Sanjay Mishra spoke about the role of CEMCA, working along with NGOs, formal & non-formal institutions. He also briefly mentioned about the UNESCO Paris Declaration. He also spoke about OER in brief and gave a broad view about the incentives given to the faculties for doing OER.

After taking brief introduction of Participants, Dr. Savithiri Singh, Chief Resource Person spoke about the sharing, collaborating and uploading of content and also about the commonly used symbols in OER.

In the post lunch session, Dr. Singh spoke about understanding licences – searching for, identifying & searching of open content, images, etc. She shared her viewpoint on some Indian OERs as well.

She also briefed about working with Wiki educator – how to register, create an account, editing and formatting within Wiki & creating internal & external links and new pages.

On April 27, hands-on training was imparted in the Lab. In the post lunch session, the participants were taught how to create tables, giving colours to text, uploading PDF files, access history, use of revert back feature, etc.

On April 28, more practical training on OER was undertaken and the participants were told about the knowledge of web licences and creative commons. Success stories of OER & case studies on open licencing in OERs were also discussed. Thereafter, discussion on the advantages & implications of such licences for creating quality content was also discussed.

Finally, a valedictory function was held where experiences were shared & the problems faced by the faculties were highlighted. Dr. Singh gave answers to the queries raised by the faculties. Assurances were also taken from the faculty for a long term association with the OER movement. Dr. Sreedher also added a few points. Finally, a vote of thanks was given by Mr. V. Thyagarajan, Head-Training and Corporate Resources, ASU.