ROER4D weekly update – 23 June 2017

IRRODL Special Issue on Outcomes of Openness: Empirical Reports on the Implementation of OER
The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) has recently published a Special Issue entitled Outcomes of Openness: Empirical Reports on the Implementation of OER. This issue contains 16 empirical studies that address different aspects of the implementation of OER including cost, outcomes, usage and perceptions. ROER4D Sub-project 11 Lead Researcher Sarah Goodier’s article examines claims regarding the amount of money spent on textbooks and saved by OER in the schools education sector in South Africa, and highlights important information gaps.

Publication opportunity: Call for proposals for book chapters on Ecologies of open
Dianne Conrad and Paul Prinsloo have issued a call for chapters for an edited book entitled Ecologies of open: Inclusion, intersections, and interstices in education. The editors intend to approach Athabasca University’s open press for publication in 2018. The deadline for submission of a 600 word proposal is 15 September 2017.

Paper on gamification in open repositories
Beatriz de los Arcos, Bram Faems, Anna Comas-Quinn and Hélène Pulker have recently published a paper entitled Teachers’ Use and Acceptance of Gamification and Social Networking Features of an Open Repository. The paper describes a quantitative study conducted to assess users’ acceptance of the existing game mechanics of a large national repository of educational resources, with results indicating that teachers see open repositories as libraries of resources rather than social networks, and are likely to share if rewarded by intrinsic rather than extrinsic factors.

The history of open education – timeline and bibliography
Katy Jordan, a researcher working with the OER Hub is developing a timeline of key papers in the history of Open Education. She has shared her work-in-progress for review and comment.

Paper on MOOCs and transitions
Andrew Deacon, Jeff Jawitz, Janet Small and Sukaina Walji have published a paper entitled MOOCs and transitions: pathways in and out of learning and work, as part of the conference proceedings for the Fourth Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education. The paper seeks to understand how people make use of MOOCs, especially in developing country contexts with a view to informing universities’ responses and providing insights into how open courses could support transition pathways.

Regional Consultations on OER: stakeholder survey closes 30 June
Submissions for an OER stakeholder survey are due to close shortly. The objective of this survey is to understand the level of awareness and involvement of stakeholders in use and adaptation of OER. The findings of the survey will contribute to the Global OER Report, which will be made available at the 2nd World OER Congress in September 2017. The survey deadline is 30 June 2017.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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