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" In the Nordic countries, we share values of openness and transparency, access for all to education, and commitment to citizen participation. Open Educational Resources (OER) *) build on these values. Uptake of OER will improve Nordic education.  OER raises all sorts of unprecedented questions about education. Thus, OER will play an increasingly important role in innovating global educational practices. There is a need to focus the innovative potential of OER for Nordic knowledge economies.  OER gives organisations an opportunity to redesign their educational and/or financial models. Promoting OER helps identifying opportunities and dismantling barriers to high-quality learning and teaching.  Freely shareable OER does not mean the end of commercial markets. Authors, content providers, publishers, school authorities and others should discuss how OER can be integrated into the Nordic educational systems.  Raising awareness is first priority to promote OER in the Nordic countries. UNESCO’s Paris Declaration, and EU’s Opening Up Education are international initiatives that offer sound foundation. Inspiration should also be sought from emerging policies in our countries on Open Source, Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, Open Research and Open Innovation, as OER is part of these open practices.  Sharing enhances the quality of education, and OER introduces an aspect of peer review in learning and teaching. Quality should be the focus integrating OER in Nordic education.  The Nordic languages and cultures are small and have to find their own position in a OER community dominated by English language and Anglo-American culture. The Nordic countries will benefit from close co-operation when coming up with their own policies on how to contribute to the local and global OER commons.  OER is a global phenomenon with no limits to who can publish or who can use. Through promoting OER, the Nordic countries can strengthen their contribution to global educational development.  Educational institutions should have a policy and plans for promoting OER. The Nordic collaboration in OER should help schools, colleges, universities, vocational training institutions and other educational institutions develop their OER strategy, e.g. through knowledge sharing and exchange.  Governments are responsible for providing a favourable framework for OER. Local, regional and national authorities should develop policies and strategies for use of OERs within their remit ..."
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