OER Research Hub Fellow 2014
I was awarded a research fellowship with the OER Research Hub based at the Open University, UK, in 2014. The OERRH provides a focus for research around the impact of OER and identify the particular impact of openness. The output will be to create an impact map documenting the evidence gathered from around the world around the key hypotheses being tested in various projects.
The purpose of my study was to to look at the usage of the Siyavula textbooks, particularly by educators, and gather evidence on whether the open license of the Siyavula textbooks has increased access to education in South Africa.
The OER Research Hub hypotheses associated with this study are:
- The open aspect of OER creates different usage and adoption patterns than other online resources
- Open education models lead to more equitable access to education, serving a broader base of learners than traditional education
Fellowship trip to the OERRH in the UK
Webinar: The Impact of Open Textbooks in the USA and South Africa
The following OER Research Hub webinar “The Impact of Open Textbooks in the USA and South Africa: When? Why? How?” was held on 28 May 2014. The webinar was co-presented by researcher Beck Pitt with Daniel Williamson (OpenStax College) and myself on the research we have been doing. The session was chaired by Martin Weller.
Siyavula educator survey results
Myself and Beck Pitt from the OER Research Hub published a series of blog posts in July 2014 detailing the results of the survey with educators in South Africa.
- Part 1: Survey sample
- Part 2: Educational contexts in South Africa
- Part 3: OER behaviours and attitudes
- Part 4: Impact of using Siyavula textbooks