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Teachers’ perceived value, motivations for and adoption of open educational resources in animal and food sciences

Algers, Anne and Silva-Fletcher, Ayona (2015). Teachers’ perceived value, motivations for and adoption of open educational resources in animal and food sciences. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. 10:2, 35-45
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v10i2.4427

Abstract

Teachers' motivations behind their view on value
and adoption of open educational resources (OER) were
investigated based on 101 questionnaire answers from
teachers in animal welfare, animal science and food science. A factor analysis uncovered the underlying dimensions for teachers’ motives and indicated that they were complex and linked to subject area. Underlying dimensions for the motives to adopt OER were identified at three levels; individual (e.g. altruism), institutional (e.g. collaboration with peers), and societal (e.g. reaching beyond borders of the academy).
The underlying dimensions for the inhibitors for adoption at individual and institutional level were challenges regarding individual competences, quality assessment and teaching practices. When using activity theory, an affinity space could be identified for teachers in animal welfare with its own norms and expectations with regards to the open educational practices. The results suggested that sharing for the benefit of others and collective collaboration with other peers were stronger incentives for teachers in the specific subject of animal welfare than it was for teachers in broader and less contested subject areas. Animal welfare teachers also had low agreement with problems such as OER being deviant to higher education and for being difficult to adapt to teaching context, and these teachers also had a higher
adoption rate than other teachers. Furthermore, this study provides evidence that OER challenges the boundaries of higher education and that an affinity space can enable OER adoption.

Authors/Creators:Algers, Anne and Silva-Fletcher, Ayona
Title:Teachers’ perceived value, motivations for and adoption of open educational resources in animal and food sciences
Series/Journal:International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (1868-8799)
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:28 August 2015
Volume:10
Number:2
Page range:35-45
Publisher:Kassel University Press
ISSN:1868-8799
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Food Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 503 Educational Sciences > Pedagogical Work
Agrovoc terms:teaching materials, animal sciences, food science
Keywords:activity theory, affinity space, altruism, international survey, subject specific
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2884
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2884
ID Code:12549
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Food Science (until 161231)
Deposited By: Ms Anne Algers
Deposited On:01 Sep 2015 11:16
Metadata Last Modified:19 Feb 2016 15:56

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