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OER Research Hub Overview


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"OER Research Hub Overview" was presented by Beck Pitt at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Kamloops, B.C. Canada on 26 May 2015.

This presentation was developed from the slide deck created and presented by Bea de los Arcos at Open Education Global in Banff and OER15 with the addition of slides and content focused on open textbook research.

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OER Research Hub Overview

  1. 1. OER Research Hub overview Thompson Rivers University 26 May 2015 Presented by Beck Pitt B. de los Arcos, R. Farrow, B. Pitt, M. Weller @OER_Hub
  2. 2. CC-BY 4.0 Bea de los Arcos #oerrhub @OER_Hub • Open research project funded by William & Flora Hewlett Foundation • Aiming to build the most comprehensive picture of OER impact • Open collaboration model across different educational sectors • Global reach but with a USA focus • Fellowship Scheme • Researching openness in the open
  3. 3. Photo CC BY-SA 2.0
  4. 4. Keyword Hypothesis Performance OER improve student performance/satisfaction Openness People use OER differently from other online materials Access OER widen participation in education Retention OER can help at-risk learners to finish their studies Reflection OER use leads educators to reflect on their practice Finance OER adoption brings financial benefits for students/institutions Indicators Informal learners use a variety of indicators when selecting OER Support Informal learners develop their own forms of study support Transition OER support informal learners in moving to formal study Policy OER use encourages institutions to change their policies Assessment Informal assessments motivate learners using OER
  5. 5. Project Co-PILOT
  6. 6. Photo CC BY-NC 2.0 Data • 20+ surveys; • 60+ interviews with educators OER experts & learners; • 6 focus groups; • Impact statements
  7. 7. Sample Photo CC BY-SA 2.0
  8. 8. 7,498 responses from 182 countries: 44.4% informal learners, 28.4% formal learners, 24.3% educators, 2.9% librarians; 50.7% female; 48.3% male; 65% speakers of English as first language; 11% declare a disability; 34% hold a postgraduate degree; 35% use OER in Science.
  9. 9. Photo CC BY-SA 2.0 marfis75 PhotoCCBY-NC2.0AlexProimos
  10. 10. ‘OER increase student satisfaction with the learning experience’ % % %
  11. 11. ‘OER lead to improved student grades’ % %
  12. 12. Impact of OER on student performance: non-grade related aspects
  13. 13. “Over the course of an entire semester all the kids turned in on average 82% of their homework, which is significant for me as an instructor because that made me feel that what I was asking them to do at home, (…) whatever it happened to be, that they saw the meaning in doing that.” “The greatest impact comes when I share the MERLOT website with students. They instantly connect with others who share their best practices. Then they develop their own best practices to share with their students and colleagues. There is such a great ripple effect when people are willing to share; especially when the information is easy to locate.”
  14. 14. “In what ways, if any, has using OpenStax College textbooks impacted on your students?” (OpenStax Survey 2014-2015) “…Open Stax has provided an opportunity for all of my students to have a textbook.” “Overall savings of $100,000 per year.”
  15. 15. Photo CC BY-SA 2.0 Photo CC BY 2.0
  16. 16. Photo CC BY-SA 2.0 79.8% of educators adapt OER to suit their needs
  17. 17. OER allow educators to better accommodate diverse learner needs
  18. 18. “The problem where I teach now is that we have no money; my textbooks, my Science textbooks are 20 years old, they’re so outdated, they don’t relate to kids (...) so I pick and pull from a lot of different places to base my units.” “I will maybe look and find an instructional video that’s maybe 2 or 3 minutes long that gets to the point better than I could, and I would use it, or I will look for lessons and if they are for Grade 5 or Grade 3 I don’t use all of it, I just adapt it, I take out what I don’t want and rearrange it.” “What I do is I look at a lot of free resources but I don’t usually give them directly to my students because I usually don’t like them as much as something I would create, so what I do is I get a lot of ideas.”
  19. 19. • I’ve created resources for teaching 38% • I’ve created resources and published them online under an open license 15% • I have added a resource to a repository 27%
  20. 20. Use of repositories
  21. 21. Reflection Photo CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
  22. 22. ‘I use a broader range of teaching & learning methods’ 64% ‘I reflect more on the way that I teach’ 59% ‘I have broadened my coverage of the curriculum’ 59% ‘I more frequently compare my teaching with others’ 44.5%
  23. 23. “It used to be that when I thought about preparing for a lesson I would look at a book and see what they did and I then would kind of teach a lesson similar to it but now I can go online watch a video or look at somebody else’s material that they put out there, see what they’re doing and either modify what they’re doing and bring it into my classroom or just get a totally different perspective on it and allow my students to get multiple perspectives on a topic.”
  24. 24. “In what ways, if any, has using OpenStax College textbooks impacted on your own teaching practice?” (OpenStax Survey 2014-2015)
  25. 25. “As a result of using OpenStax College (OSC) textbooks, are you more or less likely to do any of the following?” (OpenStax Survey 2014-2015) 95.7% of educators who use OSC textbooks are more likely to recommend OpenStax College textbooks to fellow educators/teachers (n=44) 82.2% of respondents are more likely to discuss using OSC materials with their institution’s administrators (n=37) Nearly three quarters of respondents who use OSC textbooks are more likely to use other OER for teaching (73.9%, n=34)
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  27. 27. Do students save money using OER? %
  28. 28. Do institutions save money using OER?
  29. 29. “Down the road they may. Students talk to other potential students. When they find out that teachers care about cost and readability, they are more likely to choose your college” “Since we are all using online version, the school saves a lot of paper and money” “Without any doubt my students are saving money! Only one has purchased a copy of the textbook - everyone else uses their laptop, tablet, or prints out what they want.”
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  31. 31. 57% of informal learners already have a degree 41% of formal learners used OER to try university- content level before signing up for a paid-for course 89% of all learners choose OER for the opportunity to study at no cost
  32. 32. OER Impact Map Data Explorer
  33. 33. Thank you @OER_Hub @BeckPitt
  34. 34. in service of The Open University