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Brandle, Shawna M. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Traditional American Government textbooks are expensive and often unpopular with students. New technologies and Open Educational Resources (OERs) open up the potential for change, but questions of quality are ever present: can OERs really help students learn better, or are they just cheaper? I developed an OER based on original sources and…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Shared Resources and Services, Electronic Publishing, Political Science
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Ozdemir, Ozgur; Bonk, Curtis J. – Journal of Learning for Development, 2017
The purpose of this study is to explore K-12 teachers' awareness of open educational resources (OER) as well as their perceptions of its potential opportunities and challenges for teaching practices. Data were gathered from 99 online survey respondents and six interviewees in this study. Findings showed that teachers are aware of OER to a certain…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Mishra, Sanjaya – Distance Education, 2017
Enthusiasts and evangelists of open educational resources (OER) see these resources as a panacea for all of the problems of education. However, despite its promises, their adoption in educational institutions is slow. There are many barriers to the adoption of OER, and many are from within the community of OER advocates. This commentary calls for…
Descriptors: Barriers, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Adoption (Ideas)
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Wiley, David; Webb, Ashley; Weston, Sarah; Tonks, DeLaina – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This article explores the relationship between open educational resources (OER) created by students for use by other students, the long-term sustainability of the movement toward OER, and the success of students who use OER created by other students as part of their core curricular materials. We begin by providing definitions and a broader context…
Descriptors: Student Developed Materials, Shared Resources and Services, Sustainability, Academic Achievement
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Rao, Allen; Hilton, John, III; Harper, Sarah – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Over the past decade, great progress has been made in improving the quality and availability of Open Educational Resources (OER). OER proponents often discuss the ability for users to revise and remix OER to make them more suitable for local contexts; however, much OER goes unmodified. This note from the field examines the efforts of NetEase…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses
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Wang, Shouhong; Wang, Hai – Open Learning, 2017
Open educational resources (OER) can make educational resources widely available to all students and educators for free; however, OER are still untried in many academic programmes in higher education. This article reports a case of adoption of an open access textbook for an introductory information systems course and discusses the process and…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Textbooks, Introductory Courses
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Bradley, Linda; Vigmo, Sylvi – Open Praxis, 2016
This study investigates what characterises teachers' pedagogical design of OER [Open Educational Resources], and potential affordances and constraints in pedagogical design in an open education practice, when contributing to a Swedish repository Lektion.se. The teachers' framing of the OER shared on the repository included the analyses of a…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Instructional Design, Interviews
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Wiley, David; Williams, Linda; DeMarte, Daniel; Hilton, John – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2016
A growing body of research confirms the financial and academic benefits that accrue to students whose faculty adopt open educational resources, or OER. While there are no content licensing costs associated with using OER, there are several real costs that must be incurred by an institution that chooses to support its faculty in adopting OER. The…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Open Education, Costs, College Faculty
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Thoms, Joshua J.; Arshavskaya, Ekaterina; Poole, Frederick J. – TESL-EJ, 2018
The open education movement has resulted in the proliferation of content that is freely produced, shared, remixed, and reused by instructors in various disciplines throughout the world. However, little is known about whether or not English as a second language (ESL) instructors in the United States (US) are taking part. This study reports on the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Educational Resources
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Cooney, Cailean – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This article reports findings from a study conducted with students in three sections of a Health Psychology course that replaced a traditional textbook with open educational resources (OER) as the primary course material. The purpose of the study was to learn how OER impacted students. Data were collected in Fall 2015 with students from New York…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Shared Resources and Services, Student Attitudes, Interviews
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Hassall, Christopher; Lewis, David I. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2017
Open educational resources (OERs) are becoming increasingly common as a tool in education, particularly in medical and biomedical education. However, three key barriers have been identified to their use: 1) lack of awareness of OERs, 2) lack of motivation to use OERs, and 3) lack of training in the use of OERs. Here, we explore these three…
Descriptors: Physiology, Science Education, Medical Education, Barriers
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Judith, Kate; Bull, David – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2016
The implementation of open educational resources (OER) at the course level in higher education poses numerous challenges to education practitioners--ranging from discoverability challenges to the lack of knowledge on how to best localize and utilize OER as courseware. Drawing on case studies of OER initiatives globally, the article discusses…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Open Education, Guidelines, Freedom
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Smith, Brenda; Lee, Leva – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2017
As the costs of scholarly and educational publications skyrocket, open educational resources (OER) are becoming an important way to provide content and enhance the teaching and learning experience. Librarians have a key role to play in developing, advocating, and managing OER. For many librarians, however, championing OERs means adding an…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Advocacy, Open Source Technology, Librarians
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Padhi, Nayantara – Open Praxis, 2018
In the global movement towards open knowledge society, open educational resources (OER) have become a prominent contributor as a medium of education, research and training. In India, the phenomenon of OER is still in nascent stage. Although the country has been massively investing on growth and usage of ICT, it still requires acceptance of OER as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Education, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology
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Falconer, Isobel; Littlejohn, Allison; McGill, Lou; Beetham, Helen – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2016
Open educational resources (OER) have been promoted as a path to universal education, supporting economic development and intercultural dialogue. However, to realise these benefits requires greater understanding of the factors that influence both OER supply and use. This paper examines an aspect of the supply side of the OER lifecycle--the motives…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries, Access to Education
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