Institutional Surveys on Open Educational Resources at Fiji National University

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2022-12
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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This report presents the findings of two surveys conducted at Fiji National University as preparation for the development of a policy for open educational resources (OER). // Findings of the faculty survey indicates positive attitude towards sharing resources. The respondents were highly motivated to use and share resources but were suspicious about OER quality. The respondents also lacked confidence in their knowledge of intellectual property rights. This was ranked as the major barrier to OER adoption. Among other barriers were lack of incentives for developing OER and lack of ICT skills. Overall, respondents showed a positive attitude towards OER, recognising its benefits for teaching and learning. // Results of the student survey shows they mostly had access to laptops and smartphones to access their course material and the Internet. Students reported primarily accessing the Internet at home. A significant number of students had no access to learning resources throughout the duration of their course. However, it was noted that some students were able to find alternatives to purchasing the textbooks. While some students’ decisions were not affected by the cost of the resources, others reportedly found it influenced their choice of courses. Although students showed positive opinions of OER and were eager to begin using these resources, an evident lack of awareness leads to the recommendation that OER awareness programmes be considered for students.

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Open Educational Resources (OER),Tecnology-Enabled Learning (TEL),Higher Education
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Fiji
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Pacific
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