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Mishra, Sanjaya – Distance Education, 2017
Enthusiasts and evangelists of open educational resources (OER) see these resources as a panacea for all of the problems of education. However, despite its promises, their adoption in educational institutions is slow. There are many barriers to the adoption of OER, and many are from within the community of OER advocates. This commentary calls for…
Descriptors: Barriers, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Adoption (Ideas)
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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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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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de los Arcos, Beatriz; Farrow, Robert; Pitt, Rebecca; Weller, Martin; McAndrew, Patrick – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
It has been suggested that open educational resources (OER) can lower cost and lead to greater flexibility; however, while there has been significant investment in opening up content there have been few studies looking at how these resources are perceived by those who might use them. This article contributes to fill a gap in our knowledge of how…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes
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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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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
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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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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Doan, Tomalee – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Many observers find it baffling that faculty in higher education have been slow to adopt open educational resources (OER). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a private foundation that makes grants to expand access to learning materials, defines OER as: Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Technology Uses in Education
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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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Chen, Qing; Panda, Santosh – Educational Media International, 2013
The recent developments within open educational resources (OERs) and open licensing have generated considerable interest among distance educators since open and distance learning is supposed to be the largest consumer/user of and contributor to OER. In China, given the policy of development and use of elaborate courses, conversion of radio and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Educational Resources, Open Universities
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Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Naidu, Som; Rajendra, J. C. N.; Ariadurai, S. A. – Open Praxis, 2018
There is growing interest in the adoption of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in a variety of contexts. Continuing professional development (CPD) among practitioners in the effective adoption of OER and OEP is critical in this scenario. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which also grew as part of the open…
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Online Courses, Adoption (Ideas), 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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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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