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

Cox, Glenda; Trotter, Henry

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  "publisher": "African Minds, International Development Research Centre & Research on Open Educational Resources for Development", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.1094852", 
  "ISBN": "978-1-55250-599-1", 
  "container_title": "Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Factors shaping lecturers' adoption of OER at three South African universities", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>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 &ndash; or not adopt &ndash; OER? In trying to answer this, the authors also attempt to identify which factors shape lecturers&rsquo; OER adoption decisions, and how lecturers&rsquo; institutional cultures influence their OER use and creation choices.</p>\n\n<p>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&rsquo;s university sector. Unique analytical tools &ndash; the OER adoption pyramid and OER adoption readiness tables &ndash; were developed to help with analysing and synthesising the data.</p>\n\n<p>Findings indicate that whether and how OER adoption takes place at an institution is shaped by a layered sequence of factors &ndash; infrastructural access, legal permission, conceptual awareness, technical capacity, material availability, and individual or institutional volition &ndash; which are further influenced by prevailing cultural and social variables.</p>\n\n<p>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.</p>\n\n<p>The dataset arising from this study can be accessed at:<br>\n</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Cox, Glenda"
      "family": "Trotter, Henry"
  "note": "Citation:\nCox, 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 (pp. 287\u2013347). Retrieved from\n\nCorresponding author: <>", 
  "publisher_place": "Cape Town & Ottawa", 
  "type": "chapter", 
  "id": "1094852"
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