Thursday, November 20 • 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Are Open Educational Resources (OERs) Bringing Paradigm Shift in Higher Education in India?

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The availability of open educational resources (OERs) and the concept of open licensing (Creative Commons) have generated considerable interest among the educators and learners. In recent times, there is a significant campaigning of use of open educational resources. Numbers of educational institutes are into development of digital courseware in India. There is growing momentum among higher education institutions to participate in this "open" movement and to contribute in National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) which was launched on August 14, 2013. NROER is a joint venture of India's Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and the Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training. In addition, there is also MHRD funded National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and IGNOU's learning resource repository, e-GyanKosh. Aim of all these initiatives is to provide open access to high quality digital educational materials. Modes of delivering OERs are numerous and ranges from desktops to mobile devices. Against this backdrop, it was imperative to know how educator and learner use OERs and what constraints they face in doing so. This study reports the results obtained from a structured questionnaire given to teachers and students of the University of Delhi. The questionnaire was based on the following variables: necessity, acquaintance, utilization, and limitations. The paper additionally considers the implications of these findings for practicing OERs and how practical and relevant it is to use OERs. The study clearly shows that OERs have a great potential to bring about Revolution in education in India provided these resources are really open in terms of cost, use and adaptation.


Ravi Toteja

Associate Professor, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi

Thursday November 20, 2014 1:15pm - 1:45pm

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