Overview of 110 OER repositories addressing educational needs and the reuse of OER

Today the following paper is accessible:

Santos-Hermosa, Gema; Ferran-Ferrer, Núria; Abadal, Ernest (2017). “Repositories of open educational resources: an assessment of reuse and educational aspects”, in The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), 18(5), p.84-120. http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3063/4300 ISSN: 1492-3831

This article has been published in the journal International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) under the monograph “International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning”.

Rory McGreal, Co-Editor of the journal International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), from the Athabasca University, says about our work in the editorial of this monograph:

“Santos-Hermosa, Ferran-Ferrer, and Abadal provide us with an overview of OER repositories in their paper. Using a content analysis approach on 110 repositories, they address indicators of educational needs and the reuse of OER”

The paper provides an overview of the current state of repositories of open educational resources (ROER) in higher education at international level. It analyses a series of educational indicators to determine whether ROER can meet the specific needs of the education context, and to clarify understanding of the reuse of open educational resources (OER) provided by ROER. The aim of the study is to assess ROER by combining these two perspectives, and to form a basis for discussion among the universities that are responsible for these repositories.

The method was based on content analysis and consisted of two phases: an exploration of international sources, and an analysis of 110 ROER using the proposed set of indicators. The results focus on data from the analysis of ROER websites and some models of good practices. They are presented according to three core dimensions for evaluating ROER: general factors to establish types of ROER, a focus on drivers for OER reuse, and a focus on educational aspects. It was found that most of the ROER that included one or more of the proposed reuse indicators were created exclusively for educational resources. Educational aspects are not yet firmly embedded into ROER. The few repositories that seem to have successfully included them are those that provide other educational metadata and use educational standards.



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The UOC is taking part in a project to analyse how inequalities affect young people’s approach to politics

On 7 and 8 February, Scuola Normale Superiore de Florència (Italy) was the venue for the initial meeting for the three-year research project Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities (EURYKA), which will be researching young people’s participation in politics and how inequalities affect their approach to it. One of the expectations of this project, funded by the European framework programme Horizon 2020, is to design future political models and systems that are more inclusive towards young people.

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) will be coordinating the seventh work package in this project, which will research how politics occur online among young people and the impact that inequalities have when using social networks. There is currently a team of three researchers working at the UOC, Anna Clua – UOC coordinator – and Núria Ferran, professors from the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences; and Ismael Peña-López, from the Faculty of Law and Political Science.

The project is led by the University of Geneva with nine participating institutions: the University of Sheffield (UK), the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), Uppsala University (Sweden), the University of Siegen (Germany), the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (France), the University of Crete (Greece), the University of Warsaw (Poland) and, as already mentioned, the UOC.

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