Designing Corporate Training in Developing Economies Using Open Educational Resources

Chris Geith, Karen Vignare, Leslie D. Bourquin, Deepa Thiagarajan


The Food Safety Knowledge Network (FSKN) is a collaboration between Consumer Goods Forum (CGF—formerly known as Global Food Safety Initiative) and Michigan State University. FSKN’s goal is to help strengthen the food industry’s response to the complex food safety knowledge and training challenges that affect emerging markets by providing access to free learning resources. The resources were built to be available on demand and as a structured learning experience which can support face to face training and fully online training. The pilots thus far have shown a clear increase in participant’s knowledge. The paper will share the processes used to set up an efficient open educational resources including understanding licensing, using open software, establishing competencies and working with corporate and other international partners.


Online Learning, Open Education Resources, OER, creating partnerships, sustainable business models, innovation, international development


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