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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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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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Kwak, SuBeom – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Since 2005, open educational resources (OER) have played a key role in K-12 education in South Korea; so far, however, there has been little discussion about OER efficacy in South Korean K-12 education. In the meantime, South Korean education has been attracting a lot of interest around the world. Former U.S. President Obama's comments about South…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Korean, Language Arts, Language Teachers
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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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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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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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de Hart, Kerry; Chetty, Yuraisha; Archer, Elizabeth – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
Open Educational Resources (OER) emerged within the context of open education which is typically characterized by the sharing of knowledge and resources and the exchange of ideas. Unisa as a mega open distance learning (ODL) university has publicly communicated its intention to take part in the use and creation of OER. As global and local…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Educational Resources, Resource Units
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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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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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Winitzky-Stephens, Jessie; Pickavance, Jason – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is Utah's largest open enrollment college, and as an institution, is concerned about the expense associated with attaining a degree. All students face challenges in paying for their education, but SLCC students tend to have fewer resources to dedicate to school than students at other institutions in the state.…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Outcomes of Education, Community Colleges, Open Enrollment
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Annand, David – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
Financial issues regarding the sustainable production, dissemination, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education are reviewed and proposed solutions critiqued. Use of OER produce demonstrable cost savings for students. Yet OER development continues to rely almost completely on government and philanthropic funding. This…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Higher Education, Educational Resources, Open Education
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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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McGreal, Rory – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Open Educational Resources (OER) and their offspring, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), are becoming important factors in achieving the "Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education" ("SDG4"). The OER movement is less than 15 years old and is growing rapidly as more and more nations and institutions adopt the view that…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Educational Technology
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Jung, Insung; Hong, Seongyoun – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
This study aimed to investigate and classify faculty members' instructional priorities for adopting OER. In-depth interview data were collected from 10 faculty members from different regions and analyzed with NVivo 10. The original supposition was that the well-established instructional priorities, effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal would…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Preferences, Adoption (Ideas), Resource Units
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