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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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Xu, Ling; Zhang, Jingjing; Zheng, Qinhua – Campus-Wide Information Systems, 2014
Purpose: After the official definition of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the Forum on Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries in 2002, the concept was soon introduced to China and popularised among scholars, practitioners, and educators. After ten years of proliferation, it is important to explore the landscape of Chinese…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Journal Articles
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Annand, David; Jensen, Tilly – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercially-produced textbooks results in demonstrable cost savings for students in most higher education institutions. Yet OER are still not widely used, and progress toward large-scale adoption in most colleges and universities has been slow. This article reviews the literature informing…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Multimedia Materials
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Merkel, Eli; Cohen, Anat – Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning, 2015
Since the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs), different models regarding the usage of these resources in education have appeared in the literature. Wiley's 4-Rs model is considered to be one of the leading models. Research based on Wiley's model shows that using materials without making changes is the most common use. Compared to the…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Corporate Education, Instructional Design
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McGreal, Rory – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Open Educational Resources (OER) and their offspring, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), are becoming important factors in achieving the "Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education" ("SDG4"). The OER movement is less than 15 years old and is growing rapidly as more and more nations and institutions adopt the view that…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Educational Technology
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Algers, Anne; Ljung, Magnus – Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 2015
Globally, we experience numerous initiatives to increase the adoption of open educational resources (OER), but quality concerns challenge the adoption. In this study we present an analysis of the peer review process of an OER. The OER under review is produced by the European Commission (EU). It has the goal to teach children about farm animal…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education, Resource Units, Educational Quality
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Jung, Insung; Hong, Seongyoun – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
This study aimed to investigate and classify faculty members' instructional priorities for adopting OER. In-depth interview data were collected from 10 faculty members from different regions and analyzed with NVivo 10. The original supposition was that the well-established instructional priorities, effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal would…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Preferences, Adoption (Ideas), Resource Units
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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
Farrow, Robert; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Pitt, Rebecca; Weller, Martin – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2015
Open educational resources (OER) have been identified as having the potential to extend opportunities for learning to non-formal learners. However, little research has been conducted into the impact of OER on non-formal learners. This paper presents the results of a systematic survey of more than 3,000 users of open educational resources (OER).…
Descriptors: Nonformal Education, Comparative Analysis, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education
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Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Seal, Tim – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2016
In recent years India has shown a growing appetite for open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP). Despite this, there is a paucity of research on OER use and impact, the extensiveness of OEP, and attitudes towards openness in India. This paper reports on research intended to help fill that knowledge gap by conducting a…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Barriers, Foreign Countries
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Pitt, Rebecca – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
This paper presents the results of collaborative research between open textbook provider OpenStax College (OSC) and the OER Research Hub (OERRH), a Hewlett funded mixed methods open research project examining the impact of open educational resources (OER) on learning and teaching. The paper focuses primarily on the results of two surveys that were…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Teacher Surveys, 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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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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Richter, Thomas; Veith, Patrick – Open Praxis, 2014
The central concept behind Open Educational Resources (OER) is opening up the access to educational resources for stakeholders who are not the usual target user group. This concept must be perceived as innovative because it describes a general economic and social paradigm shift: Education, which formerly was limited to a specific group of…
Descriptors: Open Education, Open Source Technology, Depleted Resources, Educational Innovation
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Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2018
While there is growing recognition and acceptance of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in teaching and learning, designing for their integration remains very challenging for educators. Adopting OER and OEP in their profession requires significant changes in practitioners' pedagogical thinking and practices,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services
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