open educational resources

Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources

 For those receiving funding from the UK HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resource Programme (2009- 2012), the sustainability of project outputs was one of a number of essential goals. Our approach for the hosting and distribution of health and life science open educational resources (OER) was based on the utilisation of the WordPress.org blogging platform and search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques to curate content  and  widen discovery.This paper outlines the approaches taken and tools used at the time, and reflects upon the effectiveness  of web strategies several years post-funding.

OER Hub Researcher Pack

This pack concentrates on the toolsthe OER Hub at the Open University in the UK has developed. If you are more interested in how to conduct open research, then we have produced an open course, available also as an open textbook: Open Research.

Emerging OER Research Discipline

In this blog post Martin Weller talks about how OER as a discipline has emerged.

Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Evolving Higher Education Landscape: White Paper

Who’s using OER, who’s not, and why? Where is OER headed and do educational content providers fit into the picture? Out of primary and secondary research conducted by Cengage Learning in early 2016, a view emerged of the evolving OER landscape.

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions

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.

Current State of Advancement of Open Educational Resources in Kenya

The purpose of this study is to explore the status of the creation, use and/or management of open education resources (OER) in Kenya. OER, which to a large extent depend on access to Information
Communication Technology (ICT), are seen by proponents as offerring certain opportunities to improve access to and quality of education.

Open Educational Practices: A Literature Review

Despite the benefits to the adoption of open textbooks, other OER, and open educational practices, there has not yet been widespread uptake of these materials and methods. (Paradis, 2014) This paper will serve as a review of existing literature, exploring:

●     what open education means in current contexts

●     what problems the integration of open educational materials may help negate

●     what barriers may be impeding the adoption of such materials

●     who the stakeholders are and what their roles are in the integration of open materials and practices.

Personal Learning Environments and Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

This paper presents from a theoretical approach the didactic functionality of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Higher Education. The combination of both didactic strategies in recent studies show that the joint use of PLEs and OERs designed by students improves their digital competence, mainly in capabilities such as: accessing and searching for online information; articulating information needs; finding relevant information; selecting resources effectively; navigating between online sources; and creating personal information strategies.

Open Pathways to Student Success: Academic Library Partnerships for Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Content Creation and Adoption

This paper explores the current state of open educational resources (OER) including notable library-lead and multi-institutional programs. The potential for OER and affordable course material creation and adoption pro-grams to impact student retention and persistence is examined. Potential additional partnerships and future di-rections for library-lead programs are discussed as well as the framework necessary for assessing the impact of library-lead OER initiatives.