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Are Open Educational Resources Systematic or Systemic Change Agents for Teaching Practice?

Authorship Details
Lane, Andy
McAndrew, Patrick
Publication Details
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
Nov 2010
Publication Title: 
British Journal of Educational Technology
Volume: 
41
Issue or Number: 
6
Pagination: 
952-962
Summary

Open educational resources (OER) raise many similar issues for education to those that have surrounded Learning Objects (LO). However the greater use and availability of digital technologies and open licensing seems to be enabling OER to have wider acceptance into individual and institutional teaching practice. While the need for appropriate design in teaching and learning on the part of educators, which was the primary driver of developments in LO, remains, the very openness of OER is changing the relationships between educators, learners and content (resources) and is becoming a primary agent of change. Experience in OpenLearn, a major initiative to provide OER from The Open University, indicates that some of these changes can be planned for while others will emerge as releasing content openly imposes evolutionary pressures that accelerate change and work around barriers. Development can then be driven by learner expectations of the technology and needs for informal life-long learning that in turn impact on how content is being designed and openly presented. It is argued that this represents a shift from a teacher-centric, systematic model of change in teaching practices as embodied in earlier ideas about LO to a learner-centric, systemic model of change as embodied in OER. (Abstract by authors)

Open Educational Resources and Practices

Authorship Details
Blackall, Leigh
Publication Details
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
March 2008
Publication Title: 
TESL-EJ
Volume: 
11
Issue or Number: 
4
ISBN / ISSN: 
1072-4303
Summary

This article looks at what constitutes an open educational resource and considers the issues and benefits to an educational institution that is moving to participate in open educational resource development and to adopt more open educational practices. It describes the initial steps in these directions being made by the Educational Development Centre at Otago Polytechnic, a tertiary educational and vocational training institution in Southern New Zealand.

Open educational resources serve the world

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Sally M. Johnstone
Publication Details
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Title: 
Educause Quarterly
Issue or Number: 
3

Open educational resources

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Jan Hylén
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Resource Type: 
Other
Publication Date: 
OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Open Educational Resources: reviewing initiatives and issues

Authorship Details
Susan D’Antonia
Publication Details
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Title: 
Open learning
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Volume: 
24
Issue or Number: 
1
Pagination: 
3-10
ISBN / ISSN: 
0268-0513 (Print), 1469-9958 (Online)

Open Educational Resources: Enabling universal education

Authorship Details
Tom Caswell
David Wiley
Shelley Henson
Marion Jensen
Publication Details
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
2008
Publication Title: 
The International Review and Research in Open & Distance Learning (IRRODL)
Volume: 
9
Issue or Number: 
1
ISBN / ISSN: 
1492-3831
Summary

The role of distance education is shifting. Traditionally distance education was limited in the number of people served because of production, reproduction, and distribution costs. Today, while it still costs the university time and money to produce a course, technology has made it such that reproduction costs are almost non-existent. This shift has significant implications, and allows distance educators to play an important role in the fulfillment of the promise of the right to universal education. At little or no cost, universities can make their content available to millions. This content has the potential to substantially improve the quality of life of learners around the world. New distance education technologies, such as OpenCourseWares, act as enablers to achieving the universal right to education. These technologies, and the associated changes in the cost of providing access to education, change distance education's role from one of classroom alternative to one of social transformer. (Abstarct by authors)


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