Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL)
The overall aim of OPAL is to support open educational practice (OEP). This will lead to greater effectiveness of teaching and learning by enhancing the quantity and quality of open educational resources that can be incorporated into higher education and further education provision.
OEP are practices which support the production, use and reuse of high quality open educational resources (OER) through institutional policies, promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path. OEP address the whole OER governance community: policy makers, managers and administrators of organizations, educational professionals and learners.
BDRA is a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Learning (IDCE), which has been an active partner in OPAL. Professor Grainne Conole was a recent winner in the OPAL Awards, shown here with the other winners at a ceremony in Berlin, for quality and innovation through open educational practices.