ROER4D weekly update – 30 June 2017

New blog – Beyond Policy: thoughts on institutional culture as an arbiter of OER adoption activity
In our latest blog post, ROER4D Sub-project 4 researcher and Network Hub member Henry Trotter considers the place of policy in initiatives and approaches to fostering OER adoption in institutions and among educators. He argues that a key element shaping whether educators or managers adopt OER is the nature of the institutional culture, and understanding this can shape the types of policies and strategies that might best suit those contexts.

ROER4D Sub-project 5 offers FOSS training in Telangana
As a part of the ROER4D Sub-project 5 phase 2 project, IT for Change (ITfC) has been working with the Department of School Education, Government of Telangana, to develop an OER model based on the collaborative work of professional learning communities of teachers across the state. The program builds the abilities of these teachers to use Free and Open Source (FOSS) authoring tools and educational applications to create and share OER. There is a need to build an ecosystem of FOSS across the state, to support teachers’ use of FOSS in creating OER. The ITfC team trained a group of 25 technical support members of the education department from June 19-23 on the technical aspects of installing, configuring and trouble-shooting FOSS platforms and tools in Hyderabad, Telangana. This group of 25 resource persons will conduct similar training programs across the state to build ‘District Technology Support’ teams in all the 31 districts of the state. These ‘District Technology Support’ teams will facilitate school teachers in adopting FOSS and developing OER. ITfC has already developed the Telangana Repository of Open Educational Resources (TROER) platform, on which the OER developed by the teachers will be published.

Open Praxis publishes papers from Open Education Global Conference
Open Praxis has published a selection of papers among those presented at the Open Education Global Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, 8-10 March, 2017. A number of ROER4D network members have papers included in the collection. These include a paper by Glenda Cox and Henry Trotter entitled An OER framework, heuristic and lens: Tools for understanding lecturers’ adoption of OER, which offers a set of tools to analyse lecturers’ adoption of OER in higher educational settings. Another paper by Judith Pete, Fred Mulder and Jose Dutra Oliveira Neto entitled Differentiation in Access to, and the Use and Sharing of (Open) Educational Resources among Students and Lecturers at Kenyan Universities sheds light on OER awareness and adoption in Kenyan Higher Education, and ROER4D Network Hub team member Thomas King has a paper published that considers the potential of Students as OER Capacitators.

Designing with OER Fellowships program launched
The Open Education Group has published details of The Designing with OER (DOER) Fellows Program. The Program invites instructional designers to partner with subject matter experts to apply for small grants, supporting the creation of renewable assignments based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy and designed to be used with specific open educational resources. An informational webinar and release of the Request for Proposals for the Fellows grants will take place on 10 July.

Webinar: Barriers to OER in Indian Higher Education
The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) next webinar features ROER4D Sub-project 3 Lead Researcher Sanjaya Mishra, who will discuss aspects of his ROER4D research study. In particular he will share perspectives on the barriers to OER as perceived by the teachers in the Indian Higher Education system and how understanding barriers helps in developing strategies to remove them. He will also discuss how the removal of barriers does not not necessarily result in adoption, as there are other factors that also affect adoption. The webinar will be held 5 July at 19:00 GMT.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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