Ease of use, reputation & compatibility with curriculum

Type: Evidence | Hypothesis: OER choice | Polarity: | Sector:

In a survey of teachers from Lithuania, Portugal, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Austria, Sweden, Greece, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Turkey, and  Ethiopia who used OERs: “Eighty per cent wished that resources would be easy to use, and 70% needed them to be easily adopted for their lessons.”

The reputation of the organisation providing the OER is also important:

“Eighty-five per cent said: ‘I trust organizations with good reputation’.
Fifty-five per cent said: ‘Quality for me means that the resources come from an organization with good reputation’.”

“Users also trusted quality instruments such as good ratings (67%), use-rates (53%), and peer reviews (70%)”

(Clements, K.I. and Pawlowski, J.M. (2012), User-oriented quality for OER: understanding teachers’ views on re-use, quality, and trust. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 28: 4–14. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00450.x)

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