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Prasad, Deepak; Usagawa, Tsuyoshi – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Textbook prices have soared over the years, with several studies revealing many university students are finding it difficult to afford textbooks. Fortunately, two innovations--open educational resources (OER) and open textbooks--hold the potential to increase textbook affordability. Experts, though, have stated the obvious: that students can save…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Source Technology, Textbooks, College Faculty
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McKerlich, Ross; Ives, Cindy; McGreal, Rory – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
The open educational resources initiative has been underway for over a decade now and higher education institutions are slowly adopting open educational resources (OER). The use and creation of OER are important aspects of adoption and both are needed for the benefits of OER to be fully realized. Based on the results of a survey developed to…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Use Studies, Technology Uses in Education
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Mtebe, Joel Samson; Raisamo, Roope – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Higher education in Tanzania like in many other Sub-Saharan countries suffers from unavailability of quality teaching and learning resources due to lack of tradition, competence, and experience to develop such resources. Nevertheless, there are thousands of open educational resources (OER) freely available in the public domain that can potentially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Open Source Technology, Open Universities
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Cobo, Cristobal – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Over the last decade, open educational resources (OER) initiatives have created new possibilities for knowledge-sharing practices. This research examines how, where, and when OER are attracting attention in the higher education sector and explores to what extent the OER discussion has moved beyond the English-speaking world. This study analysed…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Databases, Non English Speaking, Educational Resources
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Wright, Clayton R.; Reju, Sunday A. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Open educational resources (OERs) have the potential to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase access to educational opportunities. OER development and deployment is one path that could contribute to achieving education for all. This article builds on existing information and communication technology (ICT) implementation plans in Africa and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Educational Opportunities
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Tham, Choy Yoong; Raviraja, S. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Open educational resources (OER) are a global phenomenon that is fast gaining credibility in many academic circles as a possible solution for bridging the knowledge divide. With increased funding and advocacy from governmental and nongovernmental organisations paired with generous philanthropy, many OER repositories, which host a vast array of…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Distance Education, Internet
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Mtebe, Joel S.; Raisamo, Roope – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
The past few years have seen increasingly rapid development and use of open educational resources (OER) in higher education institutions (HEIs) in developing countries. These resources are believed to be able to widen access, reduce the costs, and improve the quality of education. However, there exist several challenges that hinder the adoption…
Descriptors: Open Education, Barriers, Access to Education, Foreign Countries
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Chan, Chee Seng; Tham, Choy Yoong – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
The open educational resources (OER) movement has gained momentum in the past few years. With this new drive towards making knowledge open and accessible, a large number of OER repositories have been established and made available online throughout the world. However, the inability of existing search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bing to…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services, Computer Uses in Education, Online Searching
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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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Ives, Cindy; Pringle, Mary Margaret – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Since the birth of the World Wide Web, educators have been exchanging ideas and sharing resources online. They are all aware of the turmoil in higher education created by freely available content, including some hopeful developments charted in this issue. Interest has grown steadily over the past decade in making a university-level education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Case Studies, Educational Resources
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Hilton, John, III; Wiley, David A.; Lutz, Neil – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
An important element of open educational resources (OER) is the permission to use the materials in new ways, including revising and remixing them. Prior research has shown that the revision and remix rates for OER are relatively low. In this study we examined the extent to which the openly licensed "Flat World Knowledge" textbooks were being…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Textbooks, Open Source Technology, Textbook Content
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Kursun, Engin; Cagiltay, Kursat; Can, Gulfidan – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
The purpose of this survey study is to investigate faculty's perceptions of the main incentives, barriers, and benefits to publishing their course materials for free within the open educational resources (OER) movement. Data were collected from an online survey of 1,637 faculty from 56 universities in Turkey. Results showed that even though the…
Descriptors: Investigations, Barriers, Incentives, Educational Resources
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Khanna, Pankaj; Basak, P. C. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
This paper describes an open educational resources (OER) architecture framework that would bring significant improvements in a well-structured and systematic way to the educational practices of distance education institutions of India. The OER architecture framework is articulated with six dimensions: pedagogical, technological, managerial,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Information, Electronic Publishing, Educational Resources
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Hilton, John Levi, III; Robinson, Jared; Wiley, David; Ackerman, J. Dale – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Textbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) provide students a way to receive…
Descriptors: Open Education, Cost Effectiveness, Textbooks, College Students
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Okonkwo, Charity Akuadi – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Nigeria has joined the global race of teaching and learning in a changing educational environment by adopting open and distance learning (ODL). Although it is a global trend, ODL poses some challenges at local levels, one of which is the untimely production of teaching materials currently affecting instructional delivery in Nigeria. The modern…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Teaching Methods, Needs Assessment, Foreign Countries
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