OER Research Hub: Understanding the impact of open educational resources

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  • B2S – help US college students (low income/marginalised) transition effectively between compulsory and higher education by providing bridging content; 2 openings courses revisioned and made available as OER via LabSpace
  • OpenStax launched in Feb 2012 offers a growing number of online textbooks which can be downloaded or printed off at a nominal cost; available for remixing via Connexions (repository of educational content).
  • Use of OER
  • Use of OER
  • OER Research Hub: Understanding the impact of open educational resources

    1. 1. OER Research Hub: Understanding the impact of open educational resources Beatriz de los Arcos @celTatis Patrick McAndrew, Martin Weller, Leigh-Ann Perryman, Rob Farrow, Beck Pitt, Claire Walker & Simone Arthur http://oerresearchhub.org @OER_Hub
    2. 2. • Open Courseware Library • CCCOER • School of Open • Bridge to Success • Flipped classroom • Gulf of Maine Research Institute • Connexions/Open Learn • TESS India Higher Education Schools (K- 12) Community Colleges Informal learning
    3. 3. 11 HYPOTHESES: a. OER improve student performance/satisfaction b. Open licensing is important in educational reuse c. OER widen participation in education d. OER can help at-risk learners to finish their studies e. OER use leads educators to reflect on their practice f. OER adoption brings financial benefits for students/institutions g. Quality indicators are the most important factor for learners when selecting OERs h. Informal learners develop their own forms of study support i. OER support informal learners in moving to formal study j. OER use encourages institutions to change their policies k. Informal assessments motivate learners using OER
    4. 4. OER improve student performance and satisfaction Open licensing is important in educational reuse
    5. 5. OER improve student performance and satisfaction: OpenLearn survey
    6. 6. OER improve student performance and satisfaction: OpenLearn survey
    7. 7. OER improve student performance and satisfaction: FLN & B2S 29.9 % in 2006 to 73.8 % in 2011 in Math mastery Succeed with Math: pass rate (A-C grades) increase from 50.6% to 68.6% Adoption of open textbooks ≠ change in student scores (Wiley et al., 2012)
    8. 8. OER improve student performance and satisfaction: OpenStax June 2013: • 120K downloads • 17 million unique visitors • 200 institutions formally adopting OpenStax materials • $3 million in savings to students
    9. 9. Does open licensing make a difference? FLN Survey (n=117) • 47% K12 teachers are familiar with CC logo • 70% K12 teachers report that open licensing is important when using OER for teaching • 43% K12 teachers publish materials freely online • 5% K12 teachers publish materials freely online with a CC license
    10. 10. Does open licensing make a difference? OpenLearn Survey (n=94) • 16% educators report that open licensing is important when searching for open educational content • 15% educators report that open licensing allowing for adaptation is important when searching for resources • 86% have adapted resources for teaching
    11. 11. CC BY B. de los Arcos
    12. 12. Instructions to play OER-chery: Blue School (K12) Purple Further Education (College) Orange Higher Education (University) Green Informal Learning Pink Other 1. Take a post-it for the sector that you most closely associate yourself with: Red Educator Yellow Learner Green Policy maker Blue Librarian/curator White Administrator/Manager No dot Other 2. Stick a dot on your marker indicating which group you most closely associate yourself with: 3. Place your marker on the poster
    13. 13. www.oerresearchhub.org.uk oer-research-hub@open.ac.uk Twitter: @OER_Hub Supported by

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