World’s biggest pan-India OER use survey goes live in English and Hindi


January 12, 2015 by Leigh-Anne Perryman


Teaching resources created by trainee teachers in Uttar Pradesh. Photo credit: Leigh-Anne Perryman CC-BY-SA

Today sees the launch of the biggest ever survey of open educational resources (OER) use in India – developed by The Open University (UK) academics Leigh-Anne Perryman and Tim Seal in connection with the OER Research Hub.  The survey is dual language (English and Hindi).

India has long shown a huge appetite for openness. In 2008 the Indian Government’s National Knowledge Commission (NKC) called for a ‘national e-content and curriculum initiative’ to stimulate the creation, adaptation and utilization of OER by Indian institutions and the leveraging of OER produced outside India.  Since then India has gained its own national OER repository – the National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) (, launched in 2013, extending the existing provision of OER offered by repositories such as the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU)-hosted e-GyanKosh (  Beyond the creation and delivery of content, open educational practices have been promoted by the ever-growing Wikimedia India Chapter and by Creative Commons India, not to mention numerous OER projects seeking to exploit the potential of OER in the interests of educational inclusion and social justice. Tracking the development of OER in India, Das (2011, p. 14) concludes that ‘Indian OER initiatives serve diverse learning communities and bridge knowledge gaps between privileged and under-privileged communities’.

Since 2013 the OER Research Hub has been conducting collaborative research with the UK Open University-led India-based TESS-India project, which is developing OER for use in India’s teacher education system. The research has now been broadened to include a pan-India survey of OER use and attitudes to OER and openness. The biggest of its kind ever to have been conducted in India, the survey employs many of the questions developed by the OER Research Hub for use in its OER impact research around the world (, plus further questions designed to be appropriate to Indian educators and students.  The survey is dual language (Hindi and English) and is available both online and in hard copy format.

If you’re based in India, or have any connections with India, please share your own experiences by completing the most relevant of the following surveys:

Survey for teachers/educators

Survey for students

Survey for people who use OER but are not teachers or students

Thank you, in advance, for your help with this research.


5 thoughts on “World’s biggest pan-India OER use survey goes live in English and Hindi

  1. Beck Pitt says:

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  2. […] If you’re based in India, or have any connections with India, please consider completing this new survey on open educational resources usage. Researcher Leigh-Anne Perryman writes in her blog: […]

  3. Prasad says:

    Hi, Just took your survey. I have a couple of suggestions :
    1. The survey mentioned it would take 10 mins. However, it takes more than 20 mins or so to complete the survey. Part of the problem was the integrated Hindi/English questions which made it particularly hard to filter out the Hindi content and read English survey questions. It was a major irritant. Since a major proportions of students/educators using OER will be proficient in English, it makes sense to include two separate surveys – one in English having only English questions, and the other for Hindi… Since it has already gone live, I’m not sure whether this would be possible. If the answer is yes, then I strongly encourage you to separate out the two language surveys.

    2. For many questions, choices existed for both yes and no. I’m not sure about the functionality of these, since presumably, if one does not answer yes, it implies no…
    Is one expected to click no for each question that he/she encounters negatively?

    • Thank you so much for your feedback. We did wonder whether it would be better two offer two different versions – one in Hindi and one in English. I will look into whether this is still possible.

      You make a good point, too, about the Yes/No questions. We looked at this in the OER Research Hub and considered whether multiple choice questions would be easier to answer. However, we decided that we couldn’t conclude that someone means ‘No’ if they have not ticked an option. Also, multiple choice questions are more difficult to analyse statistically. I wonder if there’s a compromise…

      Thanks again for taking the time to complete the survey and to give us some feedback.

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