ROER4D weekly update – 24 November 2017

Another two advance chapters released
This week ROER4D released two advance chapters emerging from the research of our sub-projects in South and Southeast Asia. Chapter 13 – Impact of integrating OER in teacher education at the Open University of Sri Lanka by Shironica Karunanayaka and Som Naidu investigates how integrating OER into teaching and learning practices at the Open University of Sri Lanka influences teachers’ pedagogical strategies and practices. The study found that the integration of OER encouraged pedagogical innovation and shifted teachers’ pedagogy to more open, collaborative and constructivist approaches while simultaneously supporting a culture of openness and sharing. Chapter 14 – Teacher professional learning communities: A collaborative OER adoption approach in Karnataka, India by Gurumurthy Kasinathan and Sriranjani Ranganathan from IT for Change examines the sociocultural, linguistic, technological and pedagogical challenges faced by school teachers in Karantaka, India. The research team adopted an action research approach, employing face-to-face workshops, focus groups and online interactions to help develop a bottom-up approach of collaborative OER adoption. After the intervention it was found that the teachers involved had improved techno-pedagogical efficacy, were more open and collaborative in materials production, and had greater understanding of copyright and OER.

Royal Roads University acknowledges Dr Oates
We are pleased to note that Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia recently publicised the work of Dr Lauryn Oates and the SP10.4 research team in Afghanistan by writing a short article in the university’s online newsletter.

New monograph on OER in India by Sanjaya Mishra
Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Sub-project 3’s lead researcher, has published a monograph arising from their work with teachers in India. The monograph, available on the Commonwealth of Learning’s website, explores the understandings and attitudes of teachers in India towards Open Educational Resources. Set against the increasing interest in openness and Open Education in India, the monograph explores the psychological and behavioural factors influencing teachers in their engagement with OER, as understanding these factors and the ways in which they motivate teachers to share will be critical for mainstreaming OER and open practices. A formal review of the monograph by Santosh Panda, written for the Journal of Learning for Development.

Check the comprehensiveness of the ROER4D outputs
We are busy preparing our final Technical report and would be most grateful if you could check on your outputs in the consolidated ROER4D outputs. If you have any additions please email these to Thomas.King@uct.ac.za by 1 December 2017.

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