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

Cox, Glenda; Trotter, Henry


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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>\nhttps://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/dataportal/index.php/catalog/555</p>", 
  "license": "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode", 
  "creator": [
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      "affiliation": "University of Cape Town", 
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      "name": "Cox, Glenda"
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      "affiliation": "University of Cape Town", 
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  "headline": "Factors shaping lecturers' adoption of OER at three South African universities", 
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  "datePublished": "2017-12-06", 
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    "access", 
    "adoption", 
    "creation", 
    "Global South", 
    "higher education", 
    "institution", 
    "lecturers", 
    "OER", 
    "Open Education", 
    "Open Educational Resources", 
    "policy", 
    "readiness", 
    "ROER4D", 
    "South Africa", 
    "volition"
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