From Theory to Practice: Can Opennesss Improve the Quality of OER Research?

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Published on June 13, 2014

Author: BeckPitt



This presentation was co-authored with fellow OER Research Hub researchers Bea de los Arcos and Rob Farrow. It was presented at CALRG14 at IET, The Open University (UK) on 10 June 2014.

An updated and revised version of these slides will be presented at OpenEd14 in Washington DC in November 2014.

From theory to practice: can openness improve the quality of OER research? CALRG 2014 Beck Pitt Bea de los Arcos Rob Farrow The Open University

• What is the OER Research Hub? • Why Open Research? Practicing Openness • Researching in the Open • Sharing Evidence in the Open: Impact Map • Open Research Course Overview #oerrhub @OER_Hub

What is the OER Research Hub?

• 2-year research project funded by William & Flora Hewlett Foundation • Aiming to build the most comprehensive picture of OER impact • Collaboration model across different educational sectors • Global reach but with a USA focus • Fellowship Scheme • Researching openness in the open OER Research Hub #oerrhub @OER_Hub

Researching Open Educational Resources… Image credit: s/474448086702776320/photo/1 Often feels like… But occasionally feels like… Photo credit: Tim Seal CC-BY

Our Hypotheses Keyword Hypothesis Performance OER improve student performance/satisfaction Openness People use OER differently from other online materials Access OER widen participation in education Retention OER can help at-risk learners to finish their studies Reflection OER use leads educators to reflect on their practice Finance OER adoption brings financial benefits for students/institutions Indicators Informal learners use a variety of indicators when selecting OER Support Informal learners develop their own forms of study support Transition OER support informal learners in moving to formal study Policy OER use encourages institutions to change their policies Assessment Informal assessments motivate learners using OER

Collaboration Model Collaboration Model

Collaboration Model Collaboration Model

Why Open Research? Practicing Openness

How we can make research better Open Research Practice: • All outputs from the project are CC-BY licensed: research instruments and methodology • Share our data and evidence: Impact Map and Survey Explorer • Blog progress of research and collaborations • Blog research findings • Use Twitter to connect, network and disseminate • Continuous evaluation and reflection on our practice Photo Credit: Mozfest13 Beck Pitt CC-BY Photo credit: still of “sprint” scene in Silicon Valley Make use of agile research techniques: • Sprints enable us to focus on and progress outstanding tasks as a group • Blog about our experiences of “sprinting” • Patrick’s CALRG 2013 presentation

Researching in the Open

Researching in the Open: Researcher Pack Research Instruments available in the open: • Ethics manual • Interview and Focus Group Questions • Survey Questions • Open Consent Forms

Researching in the Open: Sharing Practices and our Survey Questions “Building Communities” Photo credit: Beck Pitt CC-BY Screenshots of OER Research Hub and ROER4D websites Sharing research methodologies and practices Creating synergies and building relationships

Sharing Evidence in the Open Picture credit: Bill Nihilist CNl#1=45 What we’re not about… Blogs and Infographics Slideshare and YouTube Open Access Journals Instead… Twitter

Sharing Evidence in the Open: Impact Map

OER Impact Map

OER Impact Map Picture credits: Bea de los Arcos CC- BY

Open Research Course

School of Open course P2PU/Creative Commons initiative Facilitated and non-facilitated courses on different aspects of “openness” and open practices Courses include Copyright for Educators (both AUS and US), Get CC Savvy, Open Habits: making stuff with the daily create, Intro to Openness in Education OER Research Hub: Four week facilitated course on open research Ties into researcher pack Co-authored by OER Research Hub team over 4-5 months.

School of Open course Open and Collaborative: Initial brainstorming at February Awayday. Met every couple of weeks to review drafts and give group feedback. Asked community for what they would like to see in an open research course (Twitter, Fellows) Creation of assets for course: interviews on open research practices and reflection Megan and Catherine’s blog posts (reflection) Course underwent an OU style review. Mapped activities and outcomes on final draft. Overall course review and check for consistency, use of external materials etc. Early drafts of the Open Research Course. (Picture credit: OER Research Hub, CC-BY)

School of Open course Open review process: community reviewed Non-facilitated version of the course to be made available Course openly available for others to use and develop Course composition: What is open research? Ethics Dissemination Reflection Almost there! Mapping the activities and outcomes against the course structure. (Picture credit: OER Research Hub, CC-BY) Course start date: 15 September 2014

Thanks for listening! Twitter: @BeckPitt, @celTatis, @philosopher1978


McAndrew, P. Becoming more agile researchers: experiences from researching OER (June 2013, (Accessed 6 June 2014, 12.25) Perryman, L-A. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known: nine surveys for OER Research (June 2013, waiting-to-be-known-nine-surveys-for-oer-research/) (Accessed 6 June 2014, 12.23) Trotter, H. ROER4D Question Harmonisation Process (May 2014, (Accessed 6 June 2014, 12.26) References/Bibliography “OER-archery” at CNX2013 Photo credit: Beck Pitt, CC- BY

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