Gathering the evidence: the use, adoption and development of open educational resources in Australia

Bull, David and Bossu, Carina and Brown, Mark (2011) Gathering the evidence: the use, adoption and development of open educational resources in Australia. In: ICDE 2011: Expanding Horizons: New Approaches to Open and Distance Learning, 2-5 Oct 2011, Denpasar, Indonesia.

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The Open Educational Resource (OER) movement is growing rapidly. Many universities around the globe have launched OER projects, arguably millions of learners have benefited from learning through OER materials, and many educational institutions, mostly distance education providers, appear to have obtained significant rewards. However, we still have much to learn about the OER movement and Australian institutions are still in their early stages of use, adoption and development. Many institutions are still grappling with issues such as resistance to giving away content, as well as copyright and intellectual property matters that remain ambiguous to senior educational managers. Besides the issues mentioned above, the challenges faced by the OER movement include the lack of adequate national and institutional policies in place to steer and encourage further adoption. In the currently policy context, this paper attempts to examine the potential of OERs to bridge the gap between formal, non-formal and informal education in Australia. Then, it highlights some of the current Australian OERs initiatives that have been identified through a centrally funded research project. The study reported in this paper aims to gather an understanding of the extent of OER usage in Australia and identify future policy needs and recommendations which will advance the use, adoption and management of OERs in Australian higher education.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 04:47
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 00:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; remote students; distance education; online education; universities; copyright; intellectual property; policy
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180115 Intellectual Property Law
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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