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Forms of Innovation Inspired by Open Educational Resources: A Post-Project Analysis

Coughlan, Tim; Pitt, Beck and Farrow, Rob (2019). Forms of Innovation Inspired by Open Educational Resources: A Post-Project Analysis. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 34(2) pp. 156–175.

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It has been argued that Open Educational Resources (OER) present opportunities for innovation in education. However, there has been a lack of retrospective analysis of the forms of innovation that can emerge through OER, and the processes and challenges these entail. This paper presents a post-project analysis of the diverse uses and impacts of open courses produced through an international OER initiative. A thematic analysis of retrospective interviews and documentation from this case study is reported on, guided by a review of relevant concepts from innovation and OER literature. Through this we identify three archetypal forms through which the OER created opportunities for innovation: Specific Adoption; Preferred Practice; and Foundations for Innovation. We identify drivers and inhibitors through which these forms of innovation interacted with each other in this initiative. This elaborates on the notion that a single existing model does not capture the multi-faceted relationships between innovation and OER.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Open University
ISSN: 1469-9958
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Open Learning: Bridge to Success (H-11-005-PM)Not SetNext Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC)
OU OER Research Hub (H-12-016-PM)2012-7836The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Keywords: OER; innovation; impact; open educational resources; open education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 57876
Depositing User: Tim Coughlan
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 15:43
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 10:16
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