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Measuring use and creation of open educational resources in higher education
McKerlich, Ross Charles and Ives, Cindy

Published2013
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 1-14
PublisherAU Press
EditorsMcGreal, Rory · Conrad, Dianne · McGreal, Rory

ABSTRACT
The open educational resources initiative has been underway for over a decade now and higher education institutions are slowly adopting open educational resources (OER). The use and creation of OER are important aspects of adoption and both are needed for the benefits of OER to be fully realized. Based on the results of a survey developed to measure the readiness of faculty and staff to adopt OER, this paper focuses on the measurement of OER use and creation, and identifies factors to increase both. The survey was administered in September 2012 to faculty and staff of Athabasca University, Canada’s open university. The results offer a snapshot of OER use and creation at one university. The survey tool could provide a mechanism to compare and contrast OER adoption with other higher education institutions. Forty-three percent of those in the sample are using OER and 31% are creating OER. This ratio of use to creation is introduced as a possible metric to measure adoption.

Keywords OER · Open Educational Resources · open learning · open textbooks

Published atAthabasca, AB
ISSN1492-3831
RefereedYes
Rightsby/3.0
URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1573
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