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RECENT RECORDS

Developing open practices in teacher education: An example of integrating OER and developing renewable assignments
Van Allen, Jennifer; Katz, Stacy
This manuscript offers a reasoning for and example of integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) and open pedagogy within a teacher education course. We highlight a collaborative partnership between library faculty ...
Posted March 28, 2020

OER mainstreaming in Cameroon: Perceptions and barriers
Nkwenti, Michael N.; Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera
The government of Cameroon has been increasingly pre-occupied with the quality of learning outcomes and the lack of learning resources at all levels of the education system. Research on similar educational systems in ...
Posted March 28, 2020

Student perceptions of open pedagogy: An exploratory study
Hilton III, John; Wiley, David; Chaffee, Reta; Darrow, Jennifer; Guilmett, JoAnn; Harper, Sarah; Hilton, Bryson
With the increasing development and adoption of Open Educational Resources, many researchers and practitioners are interested in more carefully examining pedagogies connected with their use. This study describes the ...
Posted March 28, 2020

Do tutors make a difference in online learning? A comparative study in two Open Online Courses
Heller, Richard Frederick; Chilolo, Edward; Elliott, Jonny; Johnson, Brian; Lipman, David; Ononeze, Victoria; Richards, Justin
Two free fully online courses were offered by Peoples-uni on its Open Online Courses site, both as self-paced courses available any time and as courses run over four weeks with tutor-led discussions. We tested the ...
Posted March 28, 2020

Guidelines on the development of open educational resources policies
Miao, Fengchun; Mishra, Sanjaya; Orr, Dominic; Janssen, Ben; Miao, Fengchun; Mishra, Sanjaya
The publication provides guidelines and a systematic approach to develop and implement open educational resources policies in different contexts to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goals 4. Using a ...
Posted March 28, 2020

Open education and learning design: Open pedagogy in praxis
Paskevicius, Michael; Irvine, Valerie
Beyond providing alternatives to traditional learning resources, there exists a gap in the literature in understanding how openness is impacting teaching and learning in higher education. This paper explores the ways in ...
Posted March 28, 2020

Lessons learnt from a professional development MOOC: Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse learners from low- and middle-income countries
Launois, Pascal; Allotey, Pascale; Reidpath, Daniel; Maher, Dermot; Certain, Edith; Ross, Bella
This article reports on the lessons learnt from the pilot of a professional development massive open online course (MOOC) for a culturally and linguistically diverse student cohort located across low- and middle-income ...
Posted March 18, 2020

Open educational resources: Discussion paper
Canadian Association of University Teachers
This document provides an overview of the main issues related to the use and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) by CAUT members. It also provides suggestions for implementation, a bibliography for further ...
Posted March 18, 2020

Efficacy of open textbook adoption on learning performance and course withdrawal rates: A meta-analysis
Clinton, Virginia; Khan, Shafiq
Open textbooks have been developed in response to rising commercial textbook costs and copyright constraints. Numerous stud-ies have been conducted to examine open textbooks with varied findings. The purpose of this ...
Posted March 9, 2020

2018-2019 Connect OER report
Nyamweya, Mo
This report offers a snapshot of the state of OER activities at participating institutions as of the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. Our intent is that these insights will help inform SPARC members, open education ...
Posted March 9, 2020