SP10.7: Impact of OER on Cost Analysis and Quality of Course Materials in Postgraduate Distance Education Courses in the Philippines

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General Objective
Develop cost-effective learning materials and improve quality of teaching and learning.

Specific Objectives:

  • Develop quality course materials using OER
  • Reduce cost of course materials development and course delivery using OER

Overview: Recognizing the potential and the critical role of OER in achieving its mission to provide wider access to quality higher education, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) recently formulated a policy to develop and use OER in its course materials. In acknowledgement of the need for evidence to support this policy, a study of the impact of OER on the cost and quality of learning materials is proposed. This study aims to determine the cost of developing and delivering course materials using OER and evaluate the impact of using OER on the quality of course materials. The cost of course materials development and delivery of OER-based course package will be measured using prospective cost analysis. The quality of the course materials will be based on the following dimensions: alignment with course objectives, appropriate selection of resources, currency of content, adaptation to course context, variety of learning activities, authentic assessment and student engagement with course material. The study will cover postgraduate courses in education, health, and development. Faculty members and students using OER-based course packages will be asked to evaluate the quality of course materials using a structured questionnaire. The study will also look into the factors that affect the cost and quality of OER-based course materials.

Research questions: This study explores the impact of OER on the cost and quality of course materials in postgraduate distance education courses in the fields of health, education and development.

The specific research questions are:

  1.  What are the costs of developing course materials using OER?
  2.  What is the impact of using OER on the quality of course materials in terms of the following dimensions:
    2.1 alignment with course objectives
    2.2 variety of resources
    2.3 currency of content
    2.4 adaptation to course context
    2.5 design of learning activities
    2.6 use of authentic assessment
    2.7 student engagement with the materials
  3. What are the factors that affect the cost and quality of OER-based course materials?

The research hypotheses are:

  1.  Use of OER will reduce the cost of learning materials
  2.  Use of OER will improve the quality of learning materials

Project Leader: Associate Professor Sheila Bonito

Researcher: Charisse Reyes, Rita Ramos and Joane Serrano

Recipient Institution: University of the Philippines Open University

Estimated Duration: 18 months

Methodology: Descriptive study

Mentor: Patricia Arinto

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