An OER framework, heuristic and lens: Tools for understanding lecturers’ adoption of OER
Open Praxis Volume 9, Number 2, ISSN 1369-9997 e-ISSN 1369-9997 Publisher: International Council for Open and Distance Education
This paper examines three new tools \u2013 a framework, an heuristic and a lens \u2013 for analysing lecturers\u2019 adoption of OER in higher educational settings. Emerging from research conducted at the universities of Cape Town (UCT), Fort Hare (UFH) and South Africa (UNISA) on why lecturers adopt \u2013 or do not adopt \u2013 OER, these tools enable greater analytical insights at the institutional and cross-institutional level, and hold the potential for generic global application. The framework \u2013 the OER Adoption Pyramid \u2013 helps distinguish and compare the factors shaping lecturers\u2019 OER adoption which are both immediate (over which they have personal control) and remote (over which they have less or no control). The heuristic \u2013 the OER Readiness Tables \u2013 derives from the Pyramid and provides a visual representation of the institutions\u2019 obstacles and opportunities for OER engagement. The lens \u2013 of “institutional culture\u201d \u2013 nuances these comparisons so that the analysis remains attentive to granular, idiosyncratic variables shaping OER decisions. We believe this research will have value for scholars interested in researching OER adoption, and institutions interested in promoting it.
Cox, G. & Trotter, H. (2017). An OER framework, heuristic and lens: Tools for understanding lecturers’ adoption of OER. Open Praxis, 9(2), 151-171. International Council for Open and Distance Education.
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