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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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Wang, Shouhong; Wang, Hai – Open Learning, 2017
Open educational resources (OER) can make educational resources widely available to all students and educators for free; however, OER are still untried in many academic programmes in higher education. This article reports a case of adoption of an open access textbook for an introductory information systems course and discusses the process and…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Textbooks, Introductory Courses
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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
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Padhi, Nayantara – Open Praxis, 2018
In the global movement towards open knowledge society, open educational resources (OER) have become a prominent contributor as a medium of education, research and training. In India, the phenomenon of OER is still in nascent stage. Although the country has been massively investing on growth and usage of ICT, it still requires acceptance of OER as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Education, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology
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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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Islim, Omer Faruk; Cagiltay, Kursat – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2016
This descriptive study aims to investigate the instructional effectiveness of Open Educational Resources (OER). It was conducted with 1196 university students who were enrolled in a general chemistry course with an experimental laboratory section. These students voluntarily used OER for their lab activities. Data were collected via a printed,…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Case Studies, Open Source Technology, Educational Resources
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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
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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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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Hilton, John, III – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2016
Textbooks are a vital component in many higher education contexts. Increasing textbook prices, coupled with general rising costs of higher education have led some instructors to experiment with substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercial textbooks as their primary class curriculum. This article synthesizes the results of 16…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Textbook Evaluation, Reading Material Selection, Educational Resources
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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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Lindshield, Brian L.; Adhikari, Koushik – International Journal of Higher Education, 2013
Convincing faculty to accept, create, adapt, and adopt open educational resources (OERs) instead of textbooks for their courses has proven challenging because incentives are lacking. One approach to provide incentive to faculty members is an OER course fee, which could be employed in courses that use OERs approved by the institution for courses…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Open Education, Open Source Technology
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Ikahihifo, Tarah K.; Spring, Kristian J.; Rosecrans, Jane; Watson, Josh – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Our study found that most students considered OER to be as good or better in terms of quality and engagement as traditional texts, while also allowing them to put saved funds toward their educational pursuits. As rising costs in higher education affect current and potential students, faculty and students are looking for ways to cut costs where…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Educational Objectives, Open Source Technology, Cost Effectiveness
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Hilton, John, III; Murphy, Lindsay; Ritter, Devon – Open Praxis, 2014
Over the past decade great progress has been made in improving the availability of Open Educational Resources (OER). However, one area in which OER has been deficient is in its ability to lead to college or university credit, something that many users of OER may desire. This article describes the work done by the Saylor Academy in amalgamating OER…
Descriptors: Open Education, Open Source Technology, College Credits, Program Implementation
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