OER Engagement Study:Promoting OER reuse among academicsJoanna WildThe Open University12th June 2012
Motivation for the study OER impact study Research focus: 1. How do institutions, departments, individuals go about raising teachers’ engagement with OER reuse? 2. What are the providers of ‘OER training’ trying to achieve and how can they tell that they’ve been successful? • What is the optimal engagement with OER reuse in view of different stakeholders and what are the intermediate steps? • How can engagement be sustained/nurtured?
What I did Qualitative & exploratory Semi-structured interviews with: • Providers of OER initiatives (10) • Teachers (5) • Teachers with a staff development role within their faculty (4) OER engagement ladder
What are the approaches?Who are the main stakeholders?
Making OER an integral part of existing inst. strategies We wrote OER into our teaching and learning strategy a couple of years ago Open Education was set as the priority for the year…Getting buy-in of senior management in individual faculties Impetus from central L&T teams …we had representatives from each faculty that liaise directly with the centre or Impetus from individual teachersLots of bottom-up activities……but don’t rely solely on bottom-up initiatives ( fragmented) If the buy-in to use OER is not high enough in your institution, engagement gets to a certain point and then it just becomes something that individuals are doing
Making OER integral to existing systems and services When you have a top-down person telling people to do it, they kick against it, whereas having people that are trusted saying: ‘Have a go with that!’ - thats more beneficialKey stakeholders: People supporting module teams Academic Librarians Learning technologists (e-learning teams) Staff responsible for implementing graduate attributes Staff developers PG Cert in HE I think the advantage of the PGCert is starting to catch every new member staff coming in CPD etc. …Sustainability is talking about OER in all the other workshops
What is the optimal engagement with OER reuseand what are the intermediate steps?How can engagement be sustained/nurtured?
Recommendations in brief Embed OER into existing systems and services but follow up with targeted support Identify champions within the department and capitalise on their enthusiasm & knowledge Engage staff developers, librarians, LT-ists: build a network of support Collect evidence & examples Recognition = Time & Space to experiment
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