Enabling openness at USQ

Bull, David and Judith, Kate (2014) Enabling openness at USQ. In: Australian National Symposium on Open Educational Resources (OER 2014), 4-5 Nov 2014, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Abstract

USQ first became active with the open resource movement when it joined the OpenCourseWare Consortium in 2007. Subsequently, it became an anchor partner in the establishment of the OER University (OERu) and has an on-going commitment to the OERu global initiative to provide free educational opportunities. Driven by a growing number of interested academics and strong senior management support, this early participation and commitment to openness has subsequently spawned a plethora of projects at USQ. These projects, amongst a wide range of activities, encompass the development of open courses, open textbooks, technical enhancements to improve delivery techniques and research to assist academics to overcome the challenges associated with the widespread adoption of open practices. Today we report on current work to address some challenges which academics may encounter when integrating open resources into courses.
Arguably, the challenges of using OERs within courses have received less attention and been less effectively addressed than those of OER production. This current research reviews the experience of 19 diverse case studies of university programs where open licensed resources and OERs have either been employed, or where their potential use has been explored. From the case studies five significant areas of challenge to implementation are identified. The range of responses employed by the various case studies in responding to these challenges are presented and their relative effectiveness discussed. This review can assist both academics wishing to utilise open resources and also institutions wishing to make their open licensed resources more readily usable.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Available through CreativeCommons license 3.0. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 01:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: OER; online leaqrning; online resources; higher education; Australia
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080605 Decision Support and Group Support Systems
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27064

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