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Do Open Educational Resources represent additional challenges or advantages to the current climate of change in the Australian higher education sector?
Bossu, Carina · Brown, Mark · Bull, David

PublishedNovember 2012
Conferenceascilite 2012
Pages 1-9
CountryAustralia, New Zealand, Oceania

ABSTRACT
This paper briefly reports on a number of Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives in Australia, including some government programs and funding, then explores several of the challenges and advantages of adopting OER at institutional and individual (educators and learners) levels. This paper also discusses some of the preliminary findings of a centrally funded research project that investigates the state of play of OER in Australia. This project surveyed the higher education sector and interviewed key stakeholders. According to participants, the use of OER has the potential to lead to new pedagogical practices, can improve the quality of educational learning materials, and promote social inclusion across the Australian higher educational sector. However, there are still challenges to be overcome such as current academic culture, lack of awareness and issues related to finding quality materials. The above could represent additional challenges to the current climate of change faced by the higher educational sector in Australia.

Keywords OER advantages · OER challenges · OER in Australia · Open Educational Resources

Published atWellington
Languageen
RefereedYes
RightsCopyright © 2012 Carina Bossu, Mark Brown and David Bull. The author(s) assign to the ascilite and educational non-profit institutions, a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite website and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite 2012. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
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