Benchmarking Open Educational Practices in Higher Education - Ascilite Poster 2012

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Open Educational Resources are widely discussed in higher education circles and open education practices are being upheld as the second generation of OERs that have the potential to make education freely available to all students. The OERu is a collaborative initiative between 12 institutions globally that is intending to offer courses free of charge to students using only OERs and open practices. This poster presents preliminary results from a research study conducted with 110 representatives of higher education institutions around the world, of which 12 were official; members of the OERu. The study was aimed at identifying the extent to which higher education institutions are currently implementing open policies and practices as well as explore the challenges faced by institutions when considering implementing open initiatives. Results from the study indicate that although higher education institutions are aware of and interested in open education resources and initiatives such as the OERu, there are a number of challenges that need to be overcome before these initiatives are sustainable and more widely adopted.

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Benchmarking Open Educational Practices in Higher Education - Ascilite Poster 2012

  1. 1. Benchmarking Open Educational Practices in Higher Education Angela Murphy, Australian Digital Futures Institute University of Southern Queensland ● Toowoomba ● Queensland ● Australia Identify the extent to which higher education institutions around the world are currently Project Aim implementing open education policies and practices that support the successful implementation of formal assessment and accreditation services for informal learning based solely on open educational resources. The Promise The Reality The successful A number of studies (e.g. implementation of open Ehlers, 2011; Bossu, Bull, & education practices, which Brown, 2012) have pointed includes OERs, has the out that the potential of 7 potential to make the OER movement to education opportunities transform education freely available to all practices has not been 19 44 15 students, particularly those realised, largely because of previously excluded from a lack of focus on the formal learning policies and practices (Mackintosh, 2012). required to promote the 5 concept of openness within higher education institutions. 6 10 4OER activities that are central to the institution: 110 higher education participated including 12 OERu members Less than a third of higher education institutions are engaged in OER publishing, developing and using OERs and only 8% are providing courses based on OERs. Develop OERs Use OERs Provide courses Publish OERs collaboratively with developed by based on OERs other institutions others Knowledge of OERs prior to study 78% *5 4 Interest in the mainstream 92% 29% 24% 23% 8% *5 adoption of OERs 4 * All responses = percentage who selected 4/5 on a scale of 1 to 5 The OERu is based on a conceptual framework that provides a structure for enabling free learning opportunities for students who lack the means to access traditional higher education.Obstacles to participation in assessment of OER based courses: Although the idea of courses offered using only OERs is a topic of interest and discussion in higher education, it is a concept that is still in its infancy. There remain a number of challenges at an institutional level that will need to be overcome before wider adoption is possible. Lack of Lack of Lack of Lack of a Negative Lack of Lack of support Lack of Concerns evidence for alignment with integration Cost of supportive perceptions Perceived lack availability of at the senior availability of about existing the organisational with current redeveloping community towards OERs of demand for committed leadership training and technologies or enhancement strategy or workflows or courses within the or open course open courses staff members level support infrastructure of student policy processes institution delivery learning *69% 67% 67% 66% 61% 53% 51% 46% 46% 45% 40% Project contact: Dr Angela Murphy, Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland, , Toowoomba, 4350, AUSTRALIA Ph: +61 7 4631 1638 | Email: angela.murphy@usq.edu.au

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