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Ozdemir, Ozgur; Bonk, Curtis J. – Journal of Learning for Development, 2017
The purpose of this study is to explore K-12 teachers' awareness of open educational resources (OER) as well as their perceptions of its potential opportunities and challenges for teaching practices. Data were gathered from 99 online survey respondents and six interviewees in this study. Findings showed that teachers are aware of OER to a certain…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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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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Paleeri, Sankaranarayanan – Journal of Educational Technology, 2018
Teacher educators are confronting myriads of challenges in identifying and utilizing the Open Education Resources (OER). This study is intended to analyze the perception and dilemmas faced by teacher educators in integrating OER for teaching. The conceptual frame work of the study is focused on teachers' access and utilization of the online…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Shared Resources and Services, Misconceptions
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Thoms, Joshua J.; Arshavskaya, Ekaterina; Poole, Frederick J. – TESL-EJ, 2018
The open education movement has resulted in the proliferation of content that is freely produced, shared, remixed, and reused by instructors in various disciplines throughout the world. However, little is known about whether or not English as a second language (ESL) instructors in the United States (US) are taking part. This study reports on the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Educational Resources
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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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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
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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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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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Kim, Dongho – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
The demand for qualified teachers with sufficient pedagogical knowledge and skills is high. However, existing teacher education programs do not provide adequate experiences through which to develop pre-service teachers' professional foundations. This study recognized Open Educational Resources (OER) as a means by which to address the issue of…
Descriptors: Models, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Technology
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Huang, Wenhao David; Wu, Chorng-Guang – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2017
Learning has embraced the "open" process in recent years, as many educational resources are made available for free online. Existing research, however, has not provided sufficient evidence to systematically improve open learning interactions and engagement in open educational resource (OER) systems. This deficiency presents two…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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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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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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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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Chib, Arul; Wardoyo, Reidinar Juliane – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
Information and communication technologies aid marginalized groups in seeking social support, building proximate networks, and improving employment opportunities. However, one key factor that is understudied in the literature is the impact of open education resources (OER) on the employability of marginalized groups. This study focuses on open and…
Descriptors: Females, Migrant Workers, Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services
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Fischer, Lane; Hilton, John, III; Robinson, T. Jared; Wiley, David A. – Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 2015
In some educational settings, the cost of textbooks approaches or even exceeds the cost of tuition. Given limited resources, it is important to better understand the impacts of free open educational resources (OER) on student outcomes. Utilizing digital resources such as OER can substantially reduce costs for students. The purpose of this study…
Descriptors: College Students, Resource Units, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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