The OER Research Hub (OERRH) is a project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to investigate the impact of OER on learning and teaching practices. Working internationally in collaboration with projects across the school (K-12), college, higher education and informal learning sectors, the OER Research Hub is building a network of evidence for and against eleven hypotheses relating to OER, in addition to establishing methods and instruments for broader engagement in researching the impact of openness on learning.
Since 2013 the project has gathered survey data about the use of OER by educators, formal and informal learners. Out of the 6,000+ valid responses collected from 180 countries across the globe, 36% report a first spoken language other than English. It has been suggested that language barriers and cultural differences can cause a divide between consumers of OER and contributors to OER (Klemke et al., 2010; Rossini, 2010). In this presentation I will assess this proposition by exploring OERRH survey data in relation to non-English speakers’ use of, and attitudes towards OER.
Klemke, R., Kalz, M., Specht, M., & Ternier , S. (2010). Open educational resources: Conversations in cyberspace. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(6), 968–970.
Rossini, C.A.A. (2010). Green-Paper: The State and Challenges of OER in Brazil: From Readers to Writers? Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2010-01. Retrieved from http://ssrn.com/abstract=1549922