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Falconer, Isobel; Littlejohn, Allison; McGill, Lou; Beetham, Helen – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2016
Open educational resources (OER) have been promoted as a path to universal education, supporting economic development and intercultural dialogue. However, to realise these benefits requires greater understanding of the factors that influence both OER supply and use. This paper examines an aspect of the supply side of the OER lifecycle--the motives…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries, Access to Education
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Cobb, Donella J. – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2019
Open Educational Resources (OERs) have become a global educational phenomenon because of claims that they are a panacea for issues of access and quality. However, little consideration has been given to the social significance of this digital platform, particularly for teachers and students in low-income countries. This article draws on Bernstein's…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Foreign Countries, Access to Education
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Uys, Philip; Fifita, Seilosehina – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2019
In the race towards achieving the Education 2030 agenda, open educational resources (OER) act as a key enabler for sustainable development goal 4 (SDG4). Leading to the 2014 Regional Focal Points Meeting, Commonwealth of Learning's (COL) Focal Point for Tonga had identified top priorities for the country where COL can further support the national…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Shared Resources and Services, Sustainability, Career Readiness
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Weller, Martin; de los Arcos, Bea; Farrow, Rob; Pitt, Beck; McAndrew, Patrick – Open Praxis, 2015
The OER Research Hub has been investigating the impact of OER, using eleven hypotheses, and a mixed methods approach to establish an evidence base. This paper explores the findings relating to teaching and learning. The findings reveal a set of direct impacts, including an increase in factors relating to student performance, increased reflection…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Open Education, Open Source Technology, Mixed Methods Research
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Mengual-Andrés, Santiago; Payà Rico, Andrés – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
This article identifies the main social contributions of Open Educational Resources (OERs), their impact and the results of several initiatives related to them. Based on a theoretical and reflexive framework, we analyze the evolution of business models around OERs, their contribution to open knowledge and the common educational policies related to…
Descriptors: Models, Informal Education, Nonformal Education, Educational Technology
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Islim, Omer Faruk; Gurel Koybasi, Nergis A.; Cagiltay, Kursat – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2016
Open Educational Resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW) target barriers of education and learning by sharing knowledge for free to benefit self-learners, educators, and students. This study aims to investigate the use of OER both as a supplementary resource for a traditional course and as a resource for self-learners. First, the attitudes and…
Descriptors: Open Education, Access to Education, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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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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Ganapathi, Janani – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
Education is a fundamental human right, yet one fifth of the world's population lives with poor literacy. India is home to the largest number of illiterate people, with infrastructural, cultural, and socio-economic factors hindering equitable access to quality education. Due to the rapidly growing technology and Internet usage in the country, open…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Shared Resources and Services, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Thakran, Archana; Sharma, Ramesh C. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2016
Over the past two decades, the education sector in India has undergone a substantial transformation. Recent advances in technology have provided access to high quality educational resources and information on the Internet. This article examines the role of open educational resources (OER) in addressing the challenges of higher education in India,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Nkwenti, Michael N.; Tladi, Lekopanye – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
Access to relevant learning resources is an important aspect in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all as outlined in the sustainable development goal 4 (SDG4). The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has identified the development of open educational resources (OER) as a potential answer to these…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, State Policy
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Schmidt-Jones, Catherine – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2017
Many users of online open education resources (OERs) are learners seeking insights into problems encountered as they pursue their everyday interests and activities. As well as benefitting from intrinsic motivation, such authentic learning activity provides context that helps the learner absorb and integrate the meaning of the knowledge. The…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Perryman, Leigh-Anne; de los Arcos, Beatriz – Open Praxis, 2016
This paper explores the potential of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in helping achieve women's empowerment in the developing world. Our evidence comprises the Open Education Research Hub open dataset, featuring survey responses from 7,700 educators, formal and informal learners from 175 countries concerning…
Descriptors: Females, Empowerment, Developing Nations, Resource Units
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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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Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Hemmings-Buckler, Alison; Seal, Tim – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014
Arguably, the benefits of open educational resources (OER) are greatest in low- and middle-income countries, where they have the potential to increase access to learning for those who may otherwise be excluded. However, for OER to be truly useful to educators and learners they need to be adapted to suit the contexts in which they are to be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Teng, Khor Ean; Hung, Chung Sheng – Open Praxis, 2013
This paper describes the framework for the development of OER-based learning materials "TCC121/05 Programming Fundamentals with Java" for ODL learners in Wawasan Open University (WOU) using three main development phases mainly: creation, evaluation and production phases. The proposed framework has further been tested on ODL learners to…
Descriptors: Programming Languages, Programming, Instructional Materials, Material Development
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