The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
Exploring the practices of educators using open educational resources (OER) in the British Columbia higher education system
PublishedNovember 2013
Type of work(Dissertation) Ed.D.
InstitutionSimon Fraser University
LocationBurnaby, British Columbia, Canada, North America

ABSTRACT
This thesis details a study that investigated the role of open educational resources (OER) in the work of post-secondary educators in British Columbia. An aim of this study was to assess the current state of knowledge about the development and use of OER in post-secondary institutional contexts in British Columbia, with a focus on describing practices of instructors. The study sought to determine the factors that affected instructor adoption and development of OER and instructors’ engagement in contributing to the general pool of available OER. The study participants were post-secondary instructors who had received grants through the BCcampus Online Program Development Fund (OPDF). BCcampus is a publicly funded organization that sponsors the development of open educational resources through its Online Program Development Fund (OPDF). All BCcampus OPDF projects produced open educational resources that were available for free sharing and reuse among educators from BC’s public post secondary system. As projects completed their development cycle, they were licensed for sharing and reuse, and then uploaded to the BCcampus Shareable Online Learning Resources repository (SOL*R). While there is a growing body of literature on OER development and implementation practices, there appeared to be a gap in addressing specific issues of implementation of OER from the perspective of front-line actors - instructors in post-secondary settings where the potential for OER use was situated. This study addressed the instructors’ understandings of the implications for sharing and reuse of OER, the technical skills and practices required for proficiency with these resources, and the business and policy implications for OER use. The study also examined a more general gap in work-based research that related to a potential need for new instructional development practices to specifically address emergent opportunities that may be afforded by OER. A further goal of this research was to generate knowledge that could support decision-making and policy development about OER implementation practices in post secondary settings.

Keywords open licenses · Open Educational Resources · OER · innovation · educational practices · educational policy

RefereedDoes not apply
Rightsby-nc-sa/2.5/ca
URLhttp://summit.sfu.ca/item/13663
Fileetd8107_DPorter.pdf
Export optionsBibTex · EndNote · Tagged XML · Google Scholar





CLOUD COMMUNITY REVIEWS

The evaluations below represent the judgements of our readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cloud editors.

Click a star to be the first to rate this document


POST A COMMENT
SIMILAR RECORDS

Exploring the practices of educators using open educational resources (OER) in the British Columbia higher education system
Porter, David Alexander; McClaren, Milton; Xin, Cindy
This thesis details a study that investigated the role of open educational resources (OER) in the work of post-secondary educators in British Columbia. An aim of this study was to assess the current state of knowledge ...
Match: Porter, David Alexander; open licenses; Open Educational Resources; OER; innovation; educational practices; educational policy; Canada; North America; educational

Open Educational Resources the way forward, deliberations of an international community of interest
D'Antoni, Susan; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; International Institute for Educational Planning
Between 2005 and 2007, a Community of Interest of more than 600 members from over half of the 193 Member States of UNESCO took part in online discussions on Open Educational Resources (OER) – open content for ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; educational

Open Educational Resources the way forward, deliberations of an international community of interest
D'Antoni, Susan; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; International Institute for Educational Planning
Between 2005 and 2007, a Community of Interest of more than 600 members from over half of the 193 Member States of UNESCO took part in online discussions on Open Educational Resources (OER) – open content for ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; educational

Quali scenari per le pratiche e-learning nell’università? Gli “Open Educational Path”
Calvani, Antonio; Menichetti, Laura
E-learning for over fifteen years has evolved from a simple instrument for virtual educational interactions (1.0) to an environment capable of promoting wide participatory experiences (2.0). Recently, Open philosophy ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; OER; educational

Quali scenari per le pratiche e-learning nell’università? Gli “Open Educational Path”
Calvani, Antonio; Menichetti, Laura
E-learning for over fifteen years has evolved from a simple instrument for virtual educational interactions (1.0) to an environment capable of promoting wide participatory experiences (2.0). Recently, Open philosophy ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; OER; educational

A portal of educational resources: Providing evidence for matching pedagogy with technology
Blas, Nicoletta Di; Fiore, Alessandro; Mainetti, Luca; Vergallo, Roberto; Paolini, Paolo
The TPACK (Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge) model presents the three types of knowledge that are necessary to implement a successful technology-based educational activity. It highlights how the intersections ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; educational

A portal of educational resources: Providing evidence for matching pedagogy with technology
Blas, Nicoletta Di; Fiore, Alessandro; Mainetti, Luca; Vergallo, Roberto; Paolini, Paolo
The TPACK (Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge) model presents the three types of knowledge that are necessary to implement a successful technology-based educational activity. It highlights how the intersections ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; educational

Developing and deploying OERs in sub-Saharan Africa: Building on the present
Wright, Clayton R.; Reju, Sunday A.
Open educational resources (OERs) have the potential to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase access to educational opportunities. OER development and deployment is one path that could contribute to achieving ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; OER; Canada

The role of open educational resources in the eLearning movement
Mosharraf, Maedeh; Taghiyareh, Fattaneh
Open Educational Resources (OERs) have gained increased attention for their potential to provide equitable and accessible educational facilities for people worldwide. Obviating demographic, economic, and geographic ...
Match: OER; educational

Open educational resources: Removing barriers from within
Mishra, Sanjaya
Enthusiasts and evangelists of open educational resources (OER) see these resources as a panacea for all of the problems of education. However, despite its promises, their adoption in educational institutions is slow. ...
Match: open licenses; Open Educational Resources; educational