Awareness, attitudes and participation of teaching staff towards the open content movement in one university

  • Peter Reed Manchester Metropolitan University
Keywords: open educational resources, staff attitudes, sustainability

Abstract

This research investigates the current awareness of, and participation in, the open content movement at one UK institution for higher education. The open content movement and the open educational resources can be seen as potential methods for reducing time and cost of technology-enhanced learning developments; however, its sustainability and, to some degree, its success are dependent on critical mass and large-scale participation. Teaching staff were invited to respond to a questionnaire. Respondents (n59) were open to the idea of sharing their own content and, similar to other studies, demonstrated existing practices of sharing resources locally amongst colleagues; however, there was little formal, large-scale sharing using suitable licenses. The data gathered concurs with other research suggesting a lack of awareness to the Creative Commons licenses as well as a lack of participation in large open educational resource repositories.

Keywords: open educational resources; staff attitudes; sustainability

(Published: 22 October 2012)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2012, 20: 18520 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v20i0.18520

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Author Biography

Peter Reed, Manchester Metropolitan University

Lecturer and eLearning Coordinator

School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Manchester Metropolitan University

Published
2012-10-22
How to Cite
Reed, P. (2012). Awareness, attitudes and participation of teaching staff towards the open content movement in one university. Research in Learning Technology, 20. https://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v20i0.18520
Section
Original Research Articles