18. JISC OER Impact Study

We have heard a great deal about the production of open educational resources (OER); however, as yet we know very little about how they are actually being used by lecturers in their teaching and by students in their learning. That picture should become clearer over the next eight months as a result of a new study of the impact of OER, to be carried out by a joint team from the LTG and the Technology- Assisted Lifelong Learning Unit (TALL) in the Department for Continuing Education with funds from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

We will use in-depth interviews and workshops to investigate the pedagogic and strategic factors conducive to uptake and sustained practice in the use of OER, as well as some of the barriers. The workshops, which will be held in March, are intended for lecturers who have not used OER. In addition to helping us gather data for the study, they will provide an opportunity for you to find out what OER are, where to find them, and how they might be incorporated into your teaching and your students’ learning. We will issue an invitation to the workshops during Hilary Term, and we hope that you will consider taking part - or encourage colleagues who are involved in teaching to do so.

For more information about the study, you are very welcome to contact the LTG researchers: liz. masterman@oucs.ox.ac.uk and joanna.wild@oucs.ox.ac.uk

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