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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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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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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
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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Blomgren, Constance – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
Educators within Higher Education (HE) and K-12 share in the need for high quality educational resources to assist in the pursuit of teaching and learning. Although there are numerous differences between the two levels of education, there are commonalties in the perceptions of the purpose, practical uses, and challenges that abide in the use of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Open Source Technology, Educational Resources
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Taylor, Cathy; Taylor, Michael W. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
Open educational resources (OER) can be an effective tool in lowering student textbook expenses and bringing current material into the classroom, but come with many barriers for faculty related to time, expertise, motivation, standardized testing requirements, and subject matter differences. Given the number of potential challenges and problems…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Textbooks, Distance Education
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Albers, Peggy; Cho, A. Ram; Shin, Ji Hye; Pang, Myoung Eun; Angay-Crowder, Tuba; Jung, Jin Kyeong; Pace, Christi L.; Sena, Mandi; Turnbull, Sarah – Global Education Review, 2015
This paper reflects an OER (Open Educational Resources) critical literacy project, Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR), (www.globalconversationsinliteracy.wordpress.com), now in its fourth year. GCLR annually hosts seven web seminars presented by internationally recognized literacy and education scholars. We outline key dimensions of…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Open Education, Educational Resources, Critical Literacy
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Ebner, M.; Schön, S.; Kumar, S. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2016
Although less well established than in other parts of the world, higher education institutions in German-speaking countries have seen a marked increase in the number of open educational resource (OER) initiatives and in government-supported OER funding in recent years. OER implementation, however, brings with it a unique set of challenges in…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Higher Education, German
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Olcott, Don – Distance Education, 2012
This reflection examines some of the continuing and emerging issues in the open educational resources (OER) field. These include blending OER with university management structures; formal and non-formal OER; the need for sustainable OER business models; and expanding awareness, adoption, and use of OER. In the future, research will need to examine…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Change, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology
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Annand, David; Jensen, Tilly – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercially-produced textbooks results in demonstrable cost savings for students in most higher education institutions. Yet OER are still not widely used, and progress toward large-scale adoption in most colleges and universities has been slow. This article reviews the literature informing…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Multimedia Materials
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Miller, Robert; Homol, Lindley – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2016
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are online classroom content that can be reused, modified, and shared freely. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) undertook a project to redesign its undergraduate curriculum using OERs in place of traditional textbooks. UMUC librarians have played a critical role in this project, helping to find…
Descriptors: Library Role, Online Courses, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology
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Tuomi, Ilkka – European Journal of Education, 2013
The extremely rapid expansion of open educational resource (OER) initiatives and the millions of learners they attract can be understood as an indicator of an emerging revolution in education and learning. This article describes recent developments in this area and develops conceptual foundations for studies and policies on OER. We describe four…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Learning Theories
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Okamoto, Karen – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
Open access textbooks (OATs) and educational resources (OERs) are being lauded as a viable alternative to costly print textbooks. Some academic libraries are joining the OER movement by creating guides to open repositories. Others are promoting OATs and OERs, reviewing them, and even helping to create them. This article analyzes how academic…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Open Source Technology, Electronic Publishing, Textbook Publication
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Blick, William; Marcus, Sandra – College Student Journal, 2017
The use of Open Education Resources represents a noble cause, but the idea often remains elusive for many faculty members. In 2015, librarians at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, implemented a campaign to promote and facilitate the use and development of OERs. The primary objective was to reduce the growing…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Multimedia Materials
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McGreal, Rory; Anderson, Terry; Conrad, Dianne – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
Canada's important areas of expertise in open educational resources (OER) are beginning to be built upon or replicated more broadly in all education and training sectors. This paper provides an overview of the state of the art in OER initiatives and open higher education in general in Canada, providing insights into what is happening nationally…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Education, Depleted Resources, Shared Resources and Services
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