Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities

 

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dc.contributor.author Cox, Glenda
dc.contributor.author Trotter, Henry
dc.contributor.editor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams en_ZA
dc.contributor.editor Patricia Arinto en_ZA
dc.coverage.spatial South Africa en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-20T13:27:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-20T13:27:04Z
dc.date.issued 2017-08-18
dc.identifier.citation Cox, G. & Trotter, H. (2017). Factors shaping lecturers' adoption of OER at three South African universities. In C. Hodgkinson-Williams & P. B. Arinto (Eds.), Adoption and impact of OER in the Global South. Chapter 9 advance publication. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.154562 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26401
dc.description.abstract The research presented here focuses on understanding the obstacles, opportunities and practices associated with Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption at three South African universities. It addresses the question: Why do South African lecturers adopt – or not adopt – OER? In trying to answer this, the authors also attempt to identify which factors shape lecturers’ OER adoption decisions, and how lecturers’ institutional cultures influence their OER use and creation choices. This study employed a qualitative research approach through in-depth personal interviews with 18 respondents at three different universities which together broadly represent the characteristics of South Africa’s university sector. Unique analytical tools – the OER adoption pyramid and OER adoption readiness tables – were developed to help with analysing and synthesising the data. Findings indicate that whether and how OER adoption takes place at an institution is shaped by a layered sequence of factors – infrastructural access, legal permission, conceptual awareness, technical capacity, material availability, and individual or institutional volition – which are further influenced by prevailing cultural and social variables. This study has value and application for researchers and institutions pursuing an OER agenda, policy-makers seeking tools to assess OER readiness in institutional contexts, and funding agencies aiming to boost institutional OER engagement. The dataset arising from this study can be accessed at: https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/dataportal/index.php/catalog/555 en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher African Minds, International Development Research Centre & Research on Open Educational Resources for Development en_ZA
dc.relation.ispartofseries Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en_ZA
dc.subject open educational resources en_ZA
dc.subject adoption of oer en_ZA
dc.subject institutional culture en_ZA
dc.subject oer pyramid en_ZA
dc.title Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities en_ZA
dc.type Book en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Book chapter en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.location Cape Town & Ottawa en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Cox, G., & Trotter, H. (2017). <i>Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities</i>. Cape Town & Ottawa: African Minds, International Development Research Centre & Research on Open Educational Resources for Development. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26401 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Cox, Glenda, and Henry Trotter. <i>Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities</i>. Cape Town & Ottawa: African Minds, International Development Research Centre & Research on Open Educational Resources for Development. 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26401. en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Cox G, Trotter H. Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities. Cape Town & Ottawa: African Minds, International Development Research Centre & Research on Open Educational Resources for Development; 2017.http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26401 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Book AU - Cox, Glenda AU - Trotter, Henry AB - The research presented here focuses on understanding the obstacles, opportunities and practices associated with Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption at three South African universities. It addresses the question: Why do South African lecturers adopt – or not adopt – OER? In trying to answer this, the authors also attempt to identify which factors shape lecturers’ OER adoption decisions, and how lecturers’ institutional cultures influence their OER use and creation choices. This study employed a qualitative research approach through in-depth personal interviews with 18 respondents at three different universities which together broadly represent the characteristics of South Africa’s university sector. Unique analytical tools – the OER adoption pyramid and OER adoption readiness tables – were developed to help with analysing and synthesising the data. Findings indicate that whether and how OER adoption takes place at an institution is shaped by a layered sequence of factors – infrastructural access, legal permission, conceptual awareness, technical capacity, material availability, and individual or institutional volition – which are further influenced by prevailing cultural and social variables. This study has value and application for researchers and institutions pursuing an OER agenda, policy-makers seeking tools to assess OER readiness in institutional contexts, and funding agencies aiming to boost institutional OER engagement. The dataset arising from this study can be accessed at: https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/dataportal/index.php/catalog/555 CY - Cape Town & Ottawa DA - 2017-08-18 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town ED - Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams ED - Patricia Arinto KW - open educational resources KW - adoption of oer KW - institutional culture KW - oer pyramid LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PP - Cape Town & Ottawa PY - 2017 T1 - Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities TI - Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26401 ER - en_ZA


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