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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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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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Belikov, Olga Maria; Bodily, Robert – Open Praxis, 2016
In this paper, 218 U.S. faculty responses regarding Open Educational Resources (OER) were qualitatively analyzed. Ten categories emerged in the coding process. The top three categories that indicated barriers to the adoption of OER were "need more information" (faculty wanted more information before they would be willing to adopt OER),…
Descriptors: Incentives, Barriers, Shared Resources and Services, Resource Units
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Muganda, Cornelia K.; Samzugi, Athuman S.; Mallinson, Brenda J. – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
This paper shares analytical insights on the position, challenges and potential for promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) in African Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) institutions. The researchers sought to use a participatory research approach as described by Krishnaswamy (2004), in convening a sequence of two workshops at the Open…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Mallinson, Brenda Justine; Krull, Greig Emil – Open Praxis, 2015
This paper describes the authors' experience of remixing two existing OER courses to provide an OER course for a particular purpose and context. The developing country target environment is stated as well as the original resources' provenance. The motivation for remixing these OER is explored, and the design of the adapted resource is described…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Developing Nations, Experience, Resource Units
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Hu, Ermei; Li, Yan; Li, Jessica; Huang, Wen-Hao – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2015
Open educational resources (OER) as an innovation to share educational resources has been influential in past decade and expected to bring changes to higher education worldwide. There is, however, very limited literature on OER usage, especially from the perspective of college students in developing countries, who are often projected as the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Hilton, John, III; Fischer, Lane; Wiley, David; Williams, Linda – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
"Open Educational Resources" (OER) have the potential to replace traditional textbooks in higher education. Previous studies indicate that use of OER results in high student and faculty satisfaction, lower costs, and similar or better educational outcomes. In this case study, we compared students using traditional textbooks with those…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Graduation Rate, Textbooks
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Cox, Glenda; Trotter, Henry – Open Praxis, 2017
This paper examines three new tools--a framework, an heuristic and a lens--for analysing lecturers' adoption of OER in higher educational settings. Emerging from research conducted at the universities of Cape Town (UCT), Fort Hare (UFH) and South Africa (UNISA) on why lecturers adopt--or do not adopt--OER, these tools enable greater analytical…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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Davis, Erin; Cochran, Dory; Fagerheim, Britt; Thoms, Becky – Public Services Quarterly, 2016
Academic libraries continually adjust services to adapt to the ever-changing landscape in higher education. In response to the broken textbook market, libraries are becoming actively involved in the open educational resources (OER) movement. Although there is not a formal program in place, librarians at Utah State University explored a…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Resource Units, Library Services, Librarian Teacher Cooperation
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Islim, Omer Faruk; Cagiltay, Kursat – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2016
This descriptive study aims to investigate the instructional effectiveness of Open Educational Resources (OER). It was conducted with 1196 university students who were enrolled in a general chemistry course with an experimental laboratory section. These students voluntarily used OER for their lab activities. Data were collected via a printed,…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Case Studies, Open Source Technology, Educational Resources
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Grewe, Kim E.; Davis, W. Preston – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Open Educational Resources (OER) are gaining acceptance as legitimate and effective teaching materials in higher education, particularly in 2-year institutions. Despite the steady growth in the availability and use of OER, there have been relatively few studies on the efficacy of OER and student achievement. This study analyzed the effect…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Open Source Technology, Educational Resources
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Arimoto, Maurício M.; Barroca, Leonor; Barbosa, Ellen F. – Informatics in Education, 2016
Open Educational Resources have emerged as important elements of education in the contemporary society, promoting life-long and personalized learning that transcends social, economic and geographical barriers. To achieve the potential of OERs and bring impact on education, it is necessary to increase their development and supply. However, one of…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Educational Technology
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