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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
Welz, Krista – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Many educators may view use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) as a new trend that has emerged in various school districts, especially those OERs that are (Common Core State Standards) CCSS-aligned. However, OERs certainly aren't new to education. Many educators have been using these types of materials since the late 1990s (Godwin 2016).…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services, Library Materials
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Goodier, Sarah – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Limited research has been done to date on the extent of public funding of Open Educational Resources (OER) within basic education (K-12 equivalent) in South Africa. As claims have been made about the potential cost reductions that come with using OER, this study aimed to establish a benchmark of public spending on educational resources, uncover…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Benchmarking, Cost Effectiveness
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Alquézar Sabadie, Jesús Maria; Castaño Muñoz, Jonatan; Puni, Yves; Redecker, Christine; Vuorikari, Riina – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014
The potential benefits of OER have led many European governments to implement policies supporting their creation and use. This chapter aims to put these OER policies in context, discussing their focus and scope and highlighting challenges and bottlenecks. On the basis of the analysis of the current state of the art, it is argued that one of main…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Waters, John K. – T.H.E. Journal, 2013
If anyone had thought to recognize a K-12 educational buzzword of the year for 2012, it would surely have been "open educational resources" (OER). Ed tech media has fairly hummed with the topic, largely with exciting predictions: OER would give cash-strapped K-12 educators access to high-quality tools and content for their classrooms at little or…
Descriptors: State Standards, Prediction, Instructional Materials, Elementary Secondary Education
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Illowsky, Barbara – MathAMATYC Educator, 2012
As the coauthor (with Susan Dean) of a formally for-profit and now open (i.e., free on the web) textbook, "Collaborative Statistics," this author has received many questions about open educational resources (OER), which can be summarized as follows: (1) What are OER?; (2) Why do you support, actively promote, and speak about OER?; (3) If a book is…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Definitions, Program Descriptions
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Hassler, Bjoern; Hennessy, Sara; Hofmann, Riikka – Journal of Learning for Development, 2018
Developing sustainable and scalable educational initiatives is a key challenge in low-income countries where donor-funded short-term projects are limited by both contextual factors and programme design. In this commentary we examine some of the issues related to in-service teacher development in the context of sub-Saharan Africa, grounded…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainable Development, Developing Nations, Faculty Development
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Mulder, Fred – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
In its first decade (2001-2010) the OER movement has been carried by numerous relevant and successful projects around the globe. These were sometimes large-scale but more often not, and they were primarily initiated by innovating educational institutions and explorative individual experts. What has remained, however, is the quest for a sustainable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Multimedia Materials
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Amiel, Tel; Soares, Tiago Chagas – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
We present an analysis of 50 repositories for educational content conducted through an "audit system" that helped us classify these repositories, their software systems, promoters, and how they communicated their licensing practices. We randomly accessed five resources from each repository to investigate the alignment of licensing…
Descriptors: Audits (Verification), Educational Resources, Certification, Conflict
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Amiel, Tel – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Remix is touted as one of the most important practices within the field of open educational resources (OER). But remixing is still not mainstream practice in education and the barriers and limitations to remix are not well known. In this article we discuss the design and development of a print and web-based booklet created to introduce the topic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Barriers, Educational Practices
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Fasimpaur, Karen – T.H.E. Journal, 2012
Digital text, changes in textbook adoptions, 1-to-1 computing, Common Core standards, the rise in digital learning objects and online curricula, the push for personalized learning--all of these and other factors are part of an ongoing drama in education today that puts the future of curriculum materials very much in play. But thanks to open…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Resources, Program Implementation, Open Source Technology
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Cohen, Anat; Reisman, Sorel; Sperling, Barbra Bied – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
Learning object repositories are a shared, open and public space; however, the possibility and ability of personal expression in an open, global, public space is crucial. The aim of this study is to explore personal spaces in a big learning object repository as a facilitator for adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) into teaching practices…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services, Access to Information, Information Storage
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Mardis, Marcia A.; Ambavarapu, Chandrahasa R. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2017
A key component of online and blended learning content, open educational resources, (OER) are heralded in a global movement toward high-quality, affordable, accessible, and personalized education. However, stakeholders have expressed concern about scaling OER use due to a lack of means to ensure a fit between learner, resource, and task. Usage…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Computer Uses in Education, Data
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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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Whyte, Shona; Schmid, Euline Cutrim; van Hazebrouck Thompson, Sanderin; Oberhofer, Margret – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2014
This paper discusses challenges and opportunities arising during the development of open educational resources (OERs) to support communicative language teaching (CLT) with interactive whiteboards (IWBs). iTILT (interactive Technologies in Language Teaching), a European Lifelong Learning Project, has two main aims: (a) to promote "best…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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