January 12, 2015 by Leigh-Anne Perryman
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) (http://nroer.gov.in/home/), launched in 2013, extending the existing provision of OER offered by repositories such as the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU)-hosted e-GyanKosh (http://www.egyankosh.ac.in/). 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 (http://oerresearchhub.org/collaborative-research/instruments/), 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.
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