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.
- Eight ‘linked fellowship’ will connect a fellowship with each research collaboration. Such fellowships will be determined in consultation with those in the collaboration and are likely to be with lead staff or with key stakeholders. For example to enable enthusiastic teachers to develop research skills so that they can reflect on their own options and also interpret the feedback from learners in their context.
- We will seek four open fellowships, each linked to a sector i.e. K12, community college, HE and informal. Open fellowships will be used to avoid the potential to have too narrow a focus in looking at the planned collaborations. These fellowships will include those with identified expertise relevant to OER practice and help to supplement the research expertise in each of the educational sectors.
- Two fellowships will be focused on evaluating our own work. These fellowships will enable an additional perspective on plans in the early stages and on progress in the later stages.
Interested in collaborating with us?
If you think you would like to work with us, to help provide links to existing data on OER impact or help us to gather new data within your project, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at the Open University.