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Harley, Ken – Distance Education, 2011
Open educational resources (OER) are gaining ascendancy in education, particularly in higher education. Logic suggests that the potential benefits of OER are likely to be greatest in resource-poor contexts such as Africa. However, little is known about the feasibility and sustainability of their use in African institutions. In the Health OER…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Feasibility Studies, Sustainability
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Tham, Choy Yoong; Raviraja, S. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Open educational resources (OER) are a global phenomenon that is fast gaining credibility in many academic circles as a possible solution for bridging the knowledge divide. With increased funding and advocacy from governmental and nongovernmental organisations paired with generous philanthropy, many OER repositories, which host a vast array of…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Distance Education, Internet
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Cronin, Catherine; MacLaren, Iain – Open Praxis, 2018
Conceptualisations of open educational practices (OEP) vary widely, ranging from those centred primarily on the creation and use of open educational resources (OER) to broader definitions of OEP, inclusive of but not necessarily focused on OER. The latter, referred to in this paper as "expansive definitions of OEP," encompass open…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Open Education, Educational Practices, Synthesis
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Oliver, Kevin M.; Purichia, Heather R. – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2018
This qualitative case study addresses the need for pedagogical approaches to working with open educational resources (OER). Drawing on a mix of historical thinking heuristics and case analysis approaches, a blended pedagogical strategy and primary source database were designed to build student understanding of historical records with transfer of…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Primary Sources, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Panke, Stefanie; Seufert, Tina – E-Learning and Digital Media, 2013
In the last decade, the concept of Open Educational Resources (OER) has gained an undeniable momentum. However, it is an easy trap to confuse download and registration rates with actual learning and interest in the adoption and reuse of OER. If we focus solely on access, we cannot differentiate between processes of mere information foraging and…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Theories, Student Role, Student Characteristics
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Gómez-Zermeño, Marcela Georgina; de la Garza, Lorena Yadira Alemán – Open Praxis, 2015
Temoa is a distributor of knowledge that provides a multilingual public catalog of collections of Open Educational Resources (OER). Temoa seeks to support the educational community to find the resources and materials that meet their needs for teaching and learning, through a specialized search system and collaborative social tools. Temoa was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Education, Open Source Technology, Developing Nations
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Navarro, Silvia Baldiris; Zervas, Panagiotis; Gesa, Ramon Fabregat; Sampson, Demetrios G. – Educational Technology & Society, 2016
Inclusive education, namely the process of providing all learners with equal educational opportunities, is a major challenge for many educational systems worldwide. In order to address this issue, a widely used framework has been developed, namely the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which aims to provide specific educational design guidelines…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Access to Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education
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Miller, Kate Helen; McIntyre, Ronald; McKenna, Gary – Open Praxis, 2018
This paper outlines a collaborative approach to the design of open educational resources (OER) with community stakeholders so they can be shared with other community practitioners openly, online and repurposed for other contexts. We view curriculum not as something that educationalists provide but rather something that emerges as learners engage…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Practices, Cooperative Programs, Curriculum Design
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Hassler, Bjoern; Hennessy, Sara; Hofmann, Riikka – Journal of Learning for Development, 2018
Developing sustainable and scalable educational initiatives is a key challenge in low-income countries where donor-funded short-term projects are limited by both contextual factors and programme design. In this commentary we examine some of the issues related to in-service teacher development in the context of sub-Saharan Africa, grounded…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainable Development, Developing Nations, Faculty Development
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Busulwa, Henry Ssebuliba; Bbuye, Julian – Open Learning, 2018
This study investigated the opportunities for learning afforded by access to mobile phones, and the associated challenges created by their use in a peri-urban private secondary school in Uganda. The study was motivated by availability of phones with facilities to connect to the Internet and to access free open education resources (OERs), which if…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Nkuyubwatsi, Bernard – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2018
The marketing of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Courseware gives the impression that it has the potential to contribute to quality open learning and opening up higher education globally. It is from this perspective that the potential contribution of Open Educational Resources (OER) units in the MIT Open Courseware to opening…
Descriptors: Usability, Open Source Technology, Courseware, Higher Education
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Mtebe, Joel S.; Raisamo, Roope – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
The past few years have seen increasingly rapid development and use of open educational resources (OER) in higher education institutions (HEIs) in developing countries. These resources are believed to be able to widen access, reduce the costs, and improve the quality of education. However, there exist several challenges that hinder the adoption…
Descriptors: Open Education, Barriers, Access to Education, Foreign Countries
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Dewhurst, Dale; Keyes, John Mark; Zariski, Archie – Journal of Distance Education, 2013
This paper discusses a current project to develop open educational resources (OER) for legislative counsel in countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. The project is the latest step in a 20-year old distance education program for those professionals. The paper explores best practices for investment in freely available OER for use by professionals…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Best Practices, Professional Education
Ossiannilsson, Ebba S. I.; Creelman, Alastair M. – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2012
This article aims to share experience from a Swedish project on the introduction and implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education with both national and international perspectives. The project, "OER--resources for learning", was part of the National Library of Sweden Open Access initiative and aimed at exploring, raising…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries, Open Source Technology
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Cohen, Jaclyn Zetta; Omollo, Kathleen Ludewig; Malicke, Dave – Open Praxis, 2014
The usage metrics for open educational resources (OER) are often either hidden behind an authentication system or shared intermittently in static, aggregated format at the repository level. This paper discusses the first year of University of Michigan's project to share its OER usage data dynamically, publicly, to synthesize it across different…
Descriptors: Data, Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Use Studies
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