Wed 12th April 2017 - 14:40

OER in Adult Learning

Good day to all. I am currently working on a research project about OER use and utilization in Adult Learning (in general). My question is: "which are the main factor(s) that affect/influence the use of OER in Adult Educational establishments?" The origin for this question is the fact (which most of the literature supports) that although OERs are considered extremely valuable in all levels of education, the use of OER in adult learning is still rather limited. I would appreciate, any answer or any discussion on this matter! Best regards Aris

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Thu 18th May 2017 - 22:39

Can we say there is a considerable amount of informal independent learning in which individuals use YouTube resources or Pinterest resources to find the input they want in order to learn how to do something the moment they need it.

So maybe retention & the number of learning hours on a more formal course is a factor?

Thu 13th April 2017 - 11:53

Hello Mr. ArisVagelatos,

I consider that the main factors are:

1. Lack of IT skills

2. Limited access to equipment and connectivity

3. False beliefs, for instance: some people do not know the meaning of "open", others think that OER are difficult or complicated, and finally the belief that an OER is not a "real" learning experience compared with traditional methods, which lead to thinking that these activities are not acknowledged like formal.

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