SP9: The effectiveness of the OER use in first year higher education student’s logical-mathematical skills in Chile


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The effectiveness of the OER use in first year higher education student’s logical-mathematical skills in Chile

Project overview
Project outputs

General objective: The overall objectives of this research are:

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of the use of open educational resources (OER) regarding the increase of logical-mathematical skills in first year higher education students.
  2. Analyze the factors that explain the success or failure of the use of OER regarding the increase of logical-mathematical skills in first year higher education students.
  3. Develop a didactical model for the use of OER in educational practices based on teacher’s perceptions about the importance of the use of OER regarding student’s education.

Specific Objectives:

  • Analyze how the effectiveness of the use of OER regarding the increase of logical-mathematical skills varies according to different student’s characteristic.
  • Analyze the importance of the frequency of access to OER regarding the increase of logical-mathematical skills.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the use of OER regarding student’s grades of those courses that are thought using these resources.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the use of OER regarding student’s dropout rates.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the use of OER regarding student’s standardized logical-mathematical tests results.
  • Analyze the perception of students that were thought using OER regarding the effectiveness that these resources could have had regarding the increase of logical-mathematical skills.
  • Analyze the perception of teachers that used OER in their classes regarding the effectiveness that these resources could have had regarding the increase of logical-mathematical skills.
  • Analyze the perception of teachers that used OER in their classes with respect to student’s instructional processes in order to develop a didactical model for the use of OER in educational practices.

Overview
The main objective of this study is to estimate the effectiveness of the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Chilean first year higher education students regarding the enhancement of logical-mathematical skills. The main hypothesis is that those students whose teachers teach them mathematics-related courses with the help of OER are able to develop better and more logical-mathematical skills than those students whose teachers don’t use these types of resources. This is because by using these resources students access to endless possibilities of construction and reconstruction of knowledge as, depending on the license selected by the creator, they could be copied, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed, which generates abundant learning materials and experiences that can help students to develop certain skills in a much more fruitful way. This is to be done by comparing standardized tests results of two groups of students: one group that that is going to be thought with the help of OER and one group that will not use these types of resources in their learning process. In this sense, the collected data will allow us to determinate if those students that use OER obtain better results that those students that don’t use them. Moreover, this study will also use qualitative methods to understand the learning process of those students that used OER and to comprehend also how teachers felt planning and using these resources. The research design then is a mixed one that uses first quantitative methods to estimate the effectiveness of OER and that later on applies qualitative methods to better understand quantitative results.

Project Leader: Werner Westermann J.
Recipient Institution: Instituto Profesional Providencia (http://ipp.cl)
Estimated Duration: 18 months
Methodology: Quantitative statistical analysis, Qualitative approach (survey, in-depth interviews, focus groups)

Project outputs
Presentation at OEC Global Conference, Banff, Canada, April 2015: The effectiveness of OER use in student’s logical-mathematical skills

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