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Hodgkinson-Williams, Cheryl Ann; Trotter, Henry – Journal of Learning for Development, 2018
At the heart of the open educational resources (OER) movement is the intention to provide affordable access to culturally relevant education to all. This imperative could be described as a desire to provide education in a manner consistent with social justice which, according to Fraser (2005), is understood as "parity of participation".…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Shared Resources and Services, Culturally Relevant Education, Equal Education
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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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Rahayu, Ucu; Sapriati, Amalia – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2018
This paper aims to develop a prototype of learning for the achievement of critical thinking skills of Higher Distance Education students through the utilization of open educational resources (OER). It is based on a research and development project conducted from September 2013 until April 2014 at Universitas Terbuka (UT), the Indonesia Open…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Distance Education, Thinking Skills, Educational Resources
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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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Pirkkalainen, Henri; Jokinen, Jussi P. P.; Pawlowski, Jan M. – IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 2014
Social software environments are increasingly used for open education: teachers and learners share and collaborate in these environments. While there are various possibilities for the inclusion of such social functionalities for OER, many organizational, individual and technological challenges can hinder the motivation of teachers to share and…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Social Networks, Social Media, Teacher Motivation
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Woodward, Kristin M. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2017
In this case study we will examine the role of the library in Open Educational Resources through the lens of library value described in Megan Oakleaf's 2010 ACRL [Association of College and Research Libraries] report. While librarians in our organization have traditionally not played a role in textbook adoptions, the campus academic goal to…
Descriptors: Educational Methods, Models, Advocacy, Case Studies
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Wolfenden, Freda; Buckler, Alison; Keraro, Fred – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2012
Over a period of three years a number of International and African based institutions collaborated to design and create a set of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to support school based teacher education as part of the TESSA project. Writing of the materials drew on case studies, experiences and existing resources from across the region using a…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Cultural Context
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Terras, Melody M.; Ramsay, Judith; Boyle, Elizabeth – E-Learning and Digital Media, 2013
The provision of Open Educational Resources (OER) means that learning horizons are no longer restricted by time and space. However, if the learning potential of OER is to be fully realised, educators and students must have the media literacy skills to select, use and produce information in a judicious and useful way. A consideration of the…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Psychology
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Chan, Chee Seng; Tham, Choy Yoong – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
The open educational resources (OER) movement has gained momentum in the past few years. With this new drive towards making knowledge open and accessible, a large number of OER repositories have been established and made available online throughout the world. However, the inability of existing search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bing to…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services, Computer Uses in Education, Online Searching
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Mulder, Fred – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
In its first decade (2001-2010) the OER movement has been carried by numerous relevant and successful projects around the globe. These were sometimes large-scale but more often not, and they were primarily initiated by innovating educational institutions and explorative individual experts. What has remained, however, is the quest for a sustainable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Multimedia Materials
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