The Impact of OER on Instructional Effectiveness: A Case Study
Omer Faruk ISLIM 1 * , Kursat CAGILTAY 1
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1 Middle East Technical University
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Abstract

Background:
This descriptive study aims to investigate the instructional effectiveness of Open Educational Resources (OER).

Materials and methods:
It was conducted with 1196 university students who were enrolled in a general chemistry course with an experimental laboratory section. These students voluntarily used OER for their lab activities. Data were collected via a printed, 18-question survey.

Results:
Results showed that about half of the students were aware of the OER, and half of these informed students used it. Nonetheless, four advantages of the OER were determined: preparation for topic in advance, facilitating learning, time saving, and improving grades.

Conclusions:
Although OER have several advantages, only a limited number of them actively use it. Thus, it appears that students should be more informed about the system, which would ultimately pave the way for increased usage.

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This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.12973/iser.2016.2003a

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2016 - Volume 12 Issue 3, pp. 559-567

Publication date: 01 Jul 2016

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