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Title: Are higher education institutions positioned to reap the dividends of open education resources? : the case of Durban University of Technology
Authors: Van der Merwe, Alexander Dawid 
Keywords: Open education resources;Open educational resources;Open education;Higher education
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Publisher: The Clute Institute
Source: Van der Merwe, A.D. 2013. Are Higher Education Institutions Positioned To Reap The Dividends Of Open Education Resources? The Case Of Durban University Of Technology. International Business & Economics Research Journal, 12(9): 1119-1130.
Abstract: The potential benefits of open
education resources (OERs) are well documented in the literature.
These include cheaper education, improved equity in respect of educational prospects, greater
access to higher education opportunities for non
traditional learners, encouraging new modes of
collaborative learning and leveraging public funds by sharing knowledge. So compelling are these
advantages that leading universities globally are currently experimenting with new business
models calibrated to extract value from educational offerings that,
increasingly, will be expected
to include free content.
In spite of the obvious merits of OERs, the open education movement faces challenges which are
rooted significantly in educators' perceptions of these resources. This descriptive case study
sought t
o examine the attitudes Durban University of Technology (DUT) faculty have towards
OERs with the aim of gauging their capacity to be actively involved as developers and users of
these materials. The study found that in spite of respondents' recognition of
the advantages of
OERs and even a degree of superficial employment of these instructional aids, there appears to be
no real open education ethos at the institution. Evidence of this includes the relatively low level of
sharing of content amongst faculty an
d the consensus of respondents that there is no institutional
support for OER initiatives. The study concludes that for the university to retain its relevance in
an evolving educational landscape, it should create a framework that will not only create space
for OER projects but should also address the very human need for recognition and
acknowledgement that developers of free and open content have.
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