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  • Learning for Development in the Context of South Africa: Considerations for Open Education Resources in Improving Higher Education Outcomes

    : Education is at the core of South Africa’s national development. The National Development Plan recognizes the potential of education to transform individuals and drive attainment of other development goals. The country’s higher education system is characterized by low participation and high attrition. This presents challenges for the attainment of targets set by the NDP. A number of Open...

  • Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources

    This study was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Learning as an input to the World OER Congress organized by UNESCO in June 2012.  The authors, Neil Butcher and Sarah Hoose situate the contribution of OER in the wider context of the challenges facing education at all levels in an era of economic stringency.  They relate OER to the realities of the teaching-learning process, arguing that...

  • Open Educational Resources (OER): Guidance for Institutional Decision Makers in Developing an OER Strategy

    In the hope of reducing ever-rising educational costs, more universities are turning to open educational resources (OER) as a means of minimizing the financial burden on students. Although initially a transition to OER may seem like a quick economic fix for reducing costs and increasing resource accessibility, it brings with it a variety of multi-layered issues - e.g., copyright and...

  • Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions

    Textbooks are a vital component in many higher education contexts. Increasing textbook prices, coupled with general rising costs of higher education have led some instructors to experiment with substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercial textbooks as their primary class curriculum. This article synthesizes the results of 16 studies that examine either (1) the influence of...

  • Open Educational Practices: A Literature Review

    Despite the benefits to the adoption of open textbooks, other OER, and open educational practices, there has not yet been widespread uptake of these materials and methods. (Paradis, 2014) This paper will serve as a review of existing literature, exploring: ●     what open education means in current contexts ●     what problems the integration of open educational materials may help negate...

  • Open Pathways to Student Success: Academic Library Partnerships for Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Content Creation and Adoption

    This paper explores the current state of open educational resources (OER) including notable library-lead and multi-institutional programs. The potential for OER and affordable course material creation and adoption pro-grams to impact student retention and persistence is examined. Potential additional partnerships and future di-rections for library-lead programs are discussed as well as the...

  • Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources

    Financial issues regarding the sustainable production, dissemination, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education are reviewed and proposed solutions critiqued. Use of OER produce demonstrable cost savings for students. Yet OER development continues to rely almost completely on government and philanthropic funding. This indicates that a mismatch exists between the...

  • Benefits and Challenges of OER for Higher Education

    In this presentation Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams of the University of Cape Town's Centre for Educational Technology discusses why and how Open Educational Resources can be beneficial and what the challenges are.

  • Positioning the OER Business Model for Open Education

    Since more than a decade the Open Educational Resources (abbreviated as OER) movement provides new ideas on how to generate and share educational resources for educational use (within and outside formal institutional, open education) by large audiences for a variety of learning purposes. The vision of developing and sharing OER resources for Open Education (OpenED/OE) is interesting in this...

  • JISC Collections Open Access Fees Project: Final Report Submitted to OAIG September 2011

    Between 2009 and 2011, JISC Collections has undertaken three separate, yet linked, projects relating to the emergence of gold open access as an alternative business model for scholarly journals. The work in 2009, culminating in the internal report Scoping Study regarding the administration of open accessarticle fees on behalf of UK Higher Education, focused very much on the situation within...

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