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de los Arcos, Beatriz; Farrow, Robert; Pitt, Rebecca; Weller, Martin; McAndrew, Patrick – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
It has been suggested that open educational resources (OER) can lower cost and lead to greater flexibility; however, while there has been significant investment in opening up content there have been few studies looking at how these resources are perceived by those who might use them. This article contributes to fill a gap in our knowledge of how…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Weller, Martin; de los Arcos, Bea; Farrow, Rob; Pitt, Beck; McAndrew, Patrick – Open Praxis, 2015
The OER Research Hub has been investigating the impact of OER, using eleven hypotheses, and a mixed methods approach to establish an evidence base. This paper explores the findings relating to teaching and learning. The findings reveal a set of direct impacts, including an increase in factors relating to student performance, increased reflection…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Open Education, Open Source Technology, Mixed Methods Research
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Pitt, Rebecca; Ebrahimi, Nassim; McAndrew, Patrick; Coughlan, Tim – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2013
Open courses have received a lot of attention in the last two years; however, the question of whether they serve learners has yet to be determined. This paper explores the challenges and potential in assessing the impact of open educational initiatives, particularly those that produce and share Open Educational Resources (OER). We use a…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Farrow, Robert; Pitt, Rebecca; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Weller, Martin; McAndrew, Patrick – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2015
The true power of comparative research around the impact and use of open educational resources is only just being realised, largely through the work done by the Hewlett-funded OER Research Hub, based at The Open University (UK). Since late 2012, the project has used a combination of surveys, interviews and focus groups to gather data about the use…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Surveys, Interviews
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Lane, Andy; McAndrew, Patrick – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2010
Open educational resources (OER) raise many similar issues for education to those that have surrounded Learning Objects (LO). However the greater use and availability of digital technologies and open licensing seems to be enabling OER to have wider acceptance into individual and institutional teaching practice. While the need for appropriate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Change Agents, Educational Technology
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McAndrew, Patrick – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2010
The release of free resources by the education sector has led to reconsideration of how the open approach implied by Open Educational Resources (OER) impacts on the educator and the learner. However this work has tended to consider the replication of standard campus based approaches and the characteristics of content that will encourage other…
Descriptors: Open Education, Informal Education, Open Universities, Educational Resources