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Study Title: OER Acceptance by University Educators: A Cross-Cultural Study

In recent years, an increasing number of university educators are using various types of open educational resources (OERs). In this study, we use UNESCO’s definition: OERs are “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.”

Despite the widespread use and great impact of OERs on university teaching, little research has been conducted to investigate OER adoption among university educators and its implications for university policies.  The purpose of the present research is to address this issue employing a survey method. The survey explores the factors influencing OER acceptance by university educators within different cultural contexts including Japan and USA, applying the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology II. Two main questions are: (1) what are the dominant predictors for predicting OER acceptance of university educators in different cultures? (2) Do culture, gender, study area, and generation have a different effect on the predictors of OER acceptance?

We are asking for your help in examining why OERs are being used or not being used by university educators using an online survey.  This survey should take about 10 minutes and contains three sections of statements related to your OER use, background information and additional comments. You are asked to indicate your level of agreement with the statements or to share with us information about yourself for demographic purposes.

Participation in this study is closed.

Thank you for your consideration,

Insung Jung


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