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									TERMS OF REFERENCE
Project title:   Compiling of an analytical survey “Open Educational Resources in the
                 Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus: State-of-the-Art,
                 Challenges and Prospects for Development”.


1.     BACKGROUND AND JUSTIFICATION
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been increasingly utilized by
higher institutions worldwide for developing course material, delivering content and sharing
content, communication between learners and teachers, creation and delivery of presentations
and lectures, academic research, etc. The use of open and distance learning (ODL) expands
access to education.
Since 2002 UNESCO has been promoting the initiative for free educational resources on the
Internet (Forum on Open Courseware for Developing Countries, UNESCO, Paris, 1-3 July,
2002). During the last decade a consensus within the relevant community has been achieved
on the approaches to be used in producing OER and virtual repositories of learning materials.
Dozens of large-scale repositories have been complied, updated and used.
The importance of OER for the world education community has been stressed in the
Communique of the 2009 World Conference on Education: The New Dynamics of Higher
Education and Research for Societal Change and Development: “ODL approaches and ICTs
present opportunities to widen access to quality education, particularly when Open
Educational Resources are readily shared by many countries and higher education
institutions” (UNESCO, Paris, 5-8 July 2009).
IITE project “Open Education Resources for Higher Education and Life-Long Learning in
CIS countries” is aimed at exploring, identifying and capacity-building in the use of OER in
CIS countries and shall contribute to the Overarching Objective 1, Attaining quality education
for all and lifelong learning identified in the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy for 2008–
2013. Certain project activities are aimed at the assessment of OER state-of-the-art in CIS
countries and identification of country-based needs and opportunities.


2.     OBJECTIVES
In order to monitor the state-of-the-art of OER, challenges faced by producers and
opportunities for expanding the use of OER in educational institutions of Russia and Belarus,
the Consultant shall compile a survey providing information on the current stage of
advancement of OER in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus (both Russian
and Belorussian-language OER). The study should encompass legal, political, pedagogical,
technological and IPR-related aspects of OER in the Russian Federation and the Republic of
Belarus.
The survey should refer to the definition of OER by Hewlett Foundation accepted by
UNESCO: “OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public
domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use
or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials,
modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or
techniques used to support access to knowledge”. However, whenever necessary a country-
specific OER terminology can be used, with due clarification and definitions.
The objectives of the survey development are as follows:
      to overview basic principles underlying the development of OER in the Russian
       Federation and the Republic of Belarus, including legal, regulatory, financial, etc.
       issues;
      to describe main technologies and formats used to produce the resources and maintain
       OER repositories;
      to assess the distribution of OER and their impact on education;
      to analyze IPR issues and the ways of solving the problems with respect to the provision
       of access to OER;
      to identify the factors which prevent a wider introduction of OER into educational
       practice;
      to describe the ways of quality assessment and opportunities for quality enhancement;
      to foster cooperation between IITE and Russian institutions and experts in the field of
       OER in education;
      to contribute to the educational policy formulation aimed at raising the accessibility and
       quality of education through the use of OER.

3.      OUTPUTS

     The analytical survey compiled.

4.      ACTIVITIES

I. Compiling of an analytical survey “Open Educational Resources in the Russian
Federation and the Republic of Belarus: State-of-the-Art, Challenges and Prospects for
Development”.
1.1. The Consultant will develop a report on the use of OER in education in the Russian
Federation and the Republic of Belarus. The report has to cover and reflect the following key
issues:
A) National policy for ICTs in education: national legislation, regulations, policy papers,
strategies, programmes, plans, etc., regarding governmental support of ICTs in education,
infrastructure development, curriculum modernization, training of educational personnel, with
a focus on OER-related issues.
B) Current state of advancement of OER in the Russian Federation and the Republic of
Belarus, including success stories and description of best practices.
C) Foresight into the next steps of development of OER and recommendations for expanding
the use of OER in education.

The expected volume of the survey shall be at least 100 pages.

5.      TIMING
The Consultant shall compile the analytical survey in Russian and submit it to IITE by 31
May 2010.


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