40 Marshall Smith, “Ruminations on Research on OER”

Read the article at http://goo.gl/THMylq

 Key Points:

The characteristics that define OER potentially add value above or different from those achieved by a similar non-OER pieces. OER could be widely disruptive, but institutional barriers will need to be overcome. There are nine areas of Research that can help OER become more widely adopted.

  • Policy
    • Positive and negative factors in the political environment
    • Characteristics of current educational policies that constrain or enable the use of OER
  • Access/use
    • What added value does OER have?
    • What distinguishes OER from other products?
    • The local conditions that make it possible to easily and fruitfully exercise the 4Rs.
  • Effectiveness
    • “As the educational landscape changes, the nature and content that we expect of student learning might change as well” – also as the job market changes, as society shifts.
    • Do OER that are adapted to fit local needs improve achievement and attainment?
  • Innovation
    • OER are less bound, and therefore might be more “genuinely innovative”
    • Innovation is by definition unexpected – we should be open to it, especially since we don’t know what could come of it.
  • Beyond Formal Education
    • It would be interesting to organize OER by outcomes rather than sectors (e.g. water scarcity, global warming). This is similar to the learning outcome idea we had.
  • Sustainability
    • It isn’t necessary for any particular OER to be sustained forever.
  • Development and Improvement
    • “Studies to understand and improve the process of creating, altering, and using OER”
  • Implementation
    • What is the process for introducing OER into classrooms, schools, districts and countries and how can that process be improved.
  • Infrastructure

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