OER Adoption: Benefits and Challenges

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1. OER Adoption Benefits and Challenges Karin Pfister OER 101 May 2016 2. Why Open Education Resources? Faculty benefits ã Increased flexibility of how you use content…
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  • 1. OER Adoption Benefits and Challenges Karin Pfister OER 101 May 2016
  • 2. Why Open Education Resources? Faculty benefits • Increased flexibility of how you use content • No copyright permissions to chase after • No book orders or publishers to deal with (if using Open Textbooks) • No heavy, bulky text to tote • Possibilities of customization, can modify/edit as needed • Student feedback is positive (students are grateful) • Saves time and effort through reusing of resources rather than creating from scratch Student benefits • Low cost or free • Increased availability • No heavy, bulky text to tote • Easy to find and access, even before course begins and after course ends • Ability to add to resources as part of coursework (if lecturer allows)
  • 3. Other Benefits…  OER emphasises learning communities and learner engagement  OER supports development of skills needed for problem solving  OER creates opportunities for personalised learning  OER allows students to create and share their own content Adapted from: Holotescu, C. (2007) Open Educational Resources and FLOSS
  • 4. But, there are challenges…  Time requirement to find just what you need  Quality and “fit” are often “not quite right”  Lack of University OER policies to guide and support lecturers  Deciding on the most appropriate license  Making sure there is NOTHING in the resource you’ve created that will prohibit you from labelling CC; or making sure you attribute anything within your resource that is NOT CC and then label your resource “CC Unless labelled otherwise”  Staff incentive to create and share OER
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