The Relationship Between Institutional Climate And The Creation And Use Of Open Educational Resources
AuthorValdez, Ryan Adam
AdvisorClift, Renée Tipton
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractOpen educational resources (OER) can enhance access to education by reducing or eliminating the cost of course materials. While there is national support for OER, a significant portion of this work is done by higher education (HE) institutions. Because of this, the policies, initiatives, and practices an institution has regarding OER (referred to here as its institutional climate) can impact the success of OER use and creation at HE institutions. It is important to better understand the relationship between institutional climate and OER use and creation in order to form effective plans to use OER to enhance access to education. This exploratory study found that, while policy did not seem to be a common mechanism for encouraging the use and creation of OER, initiatives centering on either OER or, more broadly, affordability seemed to be important for OER management at the institutions (n=5) in this study.