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

Cox, Glenda; Trotter, Henry

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      "title": "Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South"
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    "description": "<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>", 
    "language": "eng", 
    "title": "Factors shaping lecturers' adoption of OER at three South African universities", 
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    "notes": "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: <>", 
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