About the project
Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation the Open Educational Resources Research Hub (OER Research Hub) provides a focus for research, designed to give answers to the overall question ‘What is the impact of OER on learning and teaching practices?’ and identify the particular influence of openness. We will do this by working in collaboration with projects across four education sectors (school, college, higher education and informal) extending a network of research with shared methods and shared results. By the end of this research (September 2014) we will have evidence for what works and when, but also established methods and instruments for broader engagement in researching the impact of openness on learning.
The project combines:
- A targeted collaboration program with existing OER projects;
- An international fellowship program;
- Networking to make connections; and
- A hub for research data and OER excellence in practice.
We will identify critical issues and learn from the practical experience derived from working to solve them. All project collaborations will address two key hypotheses:
Each project and fellowship will target one or more of the derived testable hypotheses:
By basing good practice on practical experience and research we can help tackle practical problems whilst building the evidence bank needed by all.