Monday, 28 November 2016

Textbook - Open Research

Open Research is an open textbook based on the award winning course of the same name.

The course ran two facilitated iterations during 2014 and 2015 on Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU).

Open Research was co-authored and delivered by the OER Hub team, leaders in open education research and open research practices.  

Pitt, R. de los Arcos, B. Farrow, R and Weller, M. (2016). Open Research. OER Hub.

Open Research is available here.

Monday, 21 November 2016

The Future of OER

Article from TJ Bliss looking at the impact that OER coming into the mainstream is having.

"While OER will continue to move into the mainstream, Open Educational Practice is just being born. In 20 years from now, I predict that students of all ages throughout the world will be engaging authentically with open educational content, in ways that simultaneously improve their learning and the content they are learning with."

Open Educational Resources - Is the federal government overstepping its role?

Article and podcast in EducationNext from Michael Q McShane looking at the background to OER, the #GoOpen campaign and what the future holds for OER.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Becoming an Open Educator

Open course from Open Educational Practices in Scotland aimed at anyone who is curious about how free and open might change our approach to teaching and learning and has been designed for administrators, educators and facilitators in all sectors.

Except for third party materials and where otherwise stated, when individual resources included in this course have other licences, this course content is made available under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

Course is available here.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Exploring more frameworks to understand OER/OEP

A continuation of an earlier exploration from David Jones of extant “frameworks” to understand OER/OEP.

His references will provide  some follow-up reading
Coughlan, T., & Perryman, L. (2015). Learning from the innovative open practices of three international health projects : IACAPAP , VCPH and Physiopedia. 

Stagg, A. (2014). OER adoption: a continuum for practice. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal, 11(3), 151–164.

Vrieling, E., Beemt, A. Van Den, & Laat, M. De. (2016). What’s in a name: dimensions of social learning in teacher groups.

New Directions in Open Education

Transcript of the keynote speech given by Mike Caulfield at Metropolitan State’s TLTS conference in Denver.

Open Educational Practices: A literature review

A paper from Heather Ross which was written as part of her PhD studies.

"As costs to post-secondary students and institutions continue to rise, the idea of sharing knowledge and educational resources in an open form becomes a more attractive option. Textbook prices, journal subscription rates, and the cost of other education resources are creating budgetary problems for learners and institutions. For both of these groups of stakeholders, the adoption of open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) would reduce some of these costs. The adoption and integration of open textbook and other types of OER, including greater use of open access journals, could save students and institutions money. This shift may also help to change the way instructors teach and students learn through open educational practices (OEP), defined by Conole and Ehlers (2010) as “the use of open educational resources with the aim to improve quality of educational processes and innovate educational environments” (p. 3-4).

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.

In addition, the author will propose a research study to examine faculty attitudes toward open materials and practices based on the diffusion of innovations framework."

Full paper available here.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Awareness of OER and OEP in Scottish HE institutions – Survey Results

The Open Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project conducted a survey to find out about the level of awareness of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) among Higher Education (HE) institutions in Scotland.

Key findings
  •     Awareness of OER among Scottish HE educators is generally low
  •     Awareness of Creative Commons (CC) licenses is lower than public domain or copyright (but awareness of all license types is higher than awareness of OER in general)
  •     Most educators share teaching materials via their institution’s virtual learning environment (VLE) but few share them openly online
  •     Lack of awareness is perceived as the highest barrier to adoption of OER
  •     Scottish HE educators use OER to broaden the range of materials available to their students
  •     Staff who attend continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities are more likely to engage with OER and OEP
  •     Efforts to raise awareness of OER and OEP among HE teaching staff in Scotland need to be scaled up
  •     Opportunities for development around the use of OER in the curriculum, and especially the affordances and limitations of open licenses, should be provided
  •     Institutions should consider the possibility of ‘opening up’ their VLEs, and establish how to best support and encourage their teaching staff to share resources openly
The full interim report is available for download here.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Open Education Research Hub Survey

The OER Hub have put together a short survey to collect information about research priorities in open education.

Have your say here.