OER Impact Map

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We aggregate and filter data that relates to our research hypotheses.To see some of the evidence we have gathered visit our OER Impact Map. There you will find up to date reporting on each of our hypotheses as well as summaries … Continue reading

The Role of OER in a New World of MOOC

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Recently I attended a mini conference dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). I found it to be quite interesting as there aren’t many events completely dedicated to OER these days. In fact, the organizers made it quite clear that the … Continue reading

Elise Adamson on OpenStax College Textbooks

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Earlier in the week we heard from Paul Shaber on his experiences of using OpenStax College (OSC) textbooks. Today we’re going to hear from two more educators, who I was fortunate enough to speak with earlier in the year: Elise Adamson and … Continue reading

Adrienne Williams on OpenStax College Textbooks

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Earlier in the week we heard from Paul Shaber on his experiences of using OpenStax College (OSC) textbooks. Today we’re going to hear from two more educators, who I was fortunate enough to speak with earlier in the year: Elise Adamson and … Continue reading

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Impact of Using Siyavula (Part IV)

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This is the final part of a four-part series of blog posts co-authored by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula). You can read our posts on the Siyavula educator sample and background to the study here, … Continue reading

OpenStax College Student Survey Results (Part II)

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Welcome to part two of the OpenStax College (OSC) student survey findings. In this post we look more closely at some of the findings relating to the use and impact of OSC open textbooks.  You can check back to Part I … Continue reading

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: OER Behaviours and Attitudes (Part III)

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This is the penultimate post of our four-part series of co-authored posts by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula) on the Siyavula educator survey findings. Previous posts focused on the Siyavula educator sample and educational contexts in South Africa. The final post will … Continue reading

Clint Lalonde (BCcampus): Reflections on an Open Textbook Sprint

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We’re excited to work with all our collaborators and, as you may have picked up in previous posts. we’ve just started to work with BCcampus in British Columbia, Canada. More specifically, we are working with BCcampus Open Textbook Project, an initiative that is producing … Continue reading

OpenStax College Student Survey Results (Part I)

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As was mentioned at the end of March (see earlier blog post) in addition to carrying out an OpenStax College (OSC) educator survey (for updated results see here) we also asked students about their use of OER and OSC textbooks. The bulk of … Continue reading

Educator Paul Shaber on OpenStax College Textbooks

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Early this year, I had the opportunity to interview several OpenStax College using educators on their experiences of using the materials. Paul Shaber, of Fruitland Schools in Idaho very generously took time out to participate and sent me the following written responses … Continue reading

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Educational Contexts (Part II)

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This is the second of a four-part series of blog posts co-authored by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula). You can read our posts on the Siyavula educator sample and background to the study here, more … Continue reading

OpenStax College Educator Survey Results (The Return!)

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As some of you might remember, I keenly blogged some of the provisional OpenStax College (OSC) Educator survey results whilst I was in Houston for CNX2014 in April. Since then, there’s been some very minor changes made to these results … Continue reading

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Sample (Part I)

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This is the first of four co-authored blog posts (written by Beck Pitt and Megan Beckett) examining the preliminary Siyavula educator survey results. If you attended the open textbook webinar on 28 May 2014 (watch it here!), you’ll be aware of how … Continue reading

What’s Happening During Open Textbook Research Week?

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If you follow us on Twitter (and if not, check out @OER_Hub), or if you read my earlier post, then you’ll know that tomorrow sees the start of our Open Textbook research week! First, a big thanks is due to everyone I’ve been working … Continue reading

Evening OERthlings, greetings from Mars!

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I’m in Mars, Pennsylvania Route 228, population 1,699. Most notable Martian? A certain Gino Crognale, of renown in the make-up world for his artistry in The Walking Dead. FlipCon14, the 7th Annual Flipped Learning Conference, is about to start and … Continue reading

Missed OCWC14? Videos of Presentations Available Now!

Rob Farrow (OERRH) and Una Daly (CCCOER) co-presenting at OCWC14 (Photo credit: Beck Pitt CC-BY)

Did you miss OCWC14 (“Open Education for a Multicultural World”) in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the end of May? Were you at the conference but missed a session? Well, fear not … videos of the presentations have been made available online! You … Continue reading

Open Research Course Update

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Way back in March you may recall seeing a post on the School of Open (SOO) course we were planning on open research… Well, whilst we did go a bit quiet, behind the scenes the cogs were turning, plans were … Continue reading

Creative Commons Licenses for Flipped Educators

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Last September, when Kari Arfstrom visited Milton Keynes as an OERRHub fellow, we talked about creating an infographic for flipped educators that would explain in a simple and engaging manner how to use Creative Commons Licenses.  Last January, when Jon … Continue reading

Coming Soon… Open Textbook Research Week

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Some of you may have participated in the recent open textbook webinar (The Impact of Open Textbooks in the USA and South Africa: When? Why? How?) where I co-presented some of the findings of our recent educator surveys with open fellow Megan Beckett (Siyavula) … Continue reading

Media Update: Here, There … Everywhere!

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Missed a presentation? Forgot to attend a webinar? Fear not, you can access our research in more ways than ever before… Over the past few weeks we’ve been tidying up our website, instigated a “Twitter tag team” with the research … Continue reading