Higher education faculty attitude, motivation and perception of quality and barriers towards OER in India
The premise of this study is that teachers’ conceptions of the quality of Open Educational Resources (OER) and their attitudes and motivations towards using OER will influence whether and how they use and/or contribute open resources. Understanding teachers’ attitudes, motivations and barriers to OER use and comparing data across institutions may help to identify the issues that influence OER uptake in India. This chapter attempts to answer the following four research questions: How are teachers’ attitudes towards OER situated in the context of teaching and learning? What are teachers’ motivations for using OER and sharing their work as OER? How do teachers perceive the quality of OER? What barriers to using OER do teachers perceive?
This study employed a mixed methods approach, using a survey to gather the quantitative data which form the focus of this chapter, as well as workshop engagements and interviews to collect qualitative data. The research was carried out at four universities representing the varying contexts of higher education teachers in India – one state, open university; one dual-mode university; one semi-urban university; and one multi-campus, private university – and amongst the WikiEducator India community. At each university, a three-day OER workshop took place where 30 teachers learned about OER and completed a survey. In addition to the 120 workshop participants engaged at the four universities, the survey was sent to the 107 members of the WikiEducator India community who participated in the research process. Of the total of 227 teachers who were asked to take the survey, 149 survey responses were received, of which 117 (comprised of 43% females and 57% males) were useable. A total of 28 educators from the universities were also interviewed.
Project website: http://roer.cemca.org.in
Research on Open Educational Resources for Development. Faculty perceptions of OER in India. (ROER4D Sub-project 3) [dataset]. Version 1. Cape Town: ROER4D [producer], 2015. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2016. Available at https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/dataportal/index.php/catalog/578/related_materials.
Mishra, S. (2017). Promoting Use and Contribution of Open Educational Resources. New Delhi, India: Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11599/2659
Mishra, S., Sharma, M., Sharma, R. C., Singh, A. & Thakur, A. (2016). Development of a Scale to Measure Faculty Attitude towards Open Educational Resources. Open Praxis, 8(1). Retrieved from http://openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/article/view/236
Part of the research project involved organising four workshops on OER for Development to train about 130 teachers in Indian Universities to understand OER and participate in research process. Resources, in the form of presentations, from the workshops are available at the links below:
Mishra, S. (2016). Maintaining Use and Adaptation of Open Educational Resources in Indian Higher Education: a Model. Poster presented at PCCF8. Retrieved from http://oasis.col.org/bitstream/handle/11599/2671/2016_Mishra_Mainstreaming-Use-Adaptation-OER.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Sharma, R. C., Thakur, A., Sharma, M. and Mishra, S. (2015). Teachers’ Perception of Open Educational Resources: Data Collection through Workshops (ROER4D).