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Overcoming Cultural Distance in Social OER Environments

  • Open educational resources (OERs) provide opportunities as enablers of societal development, but they also create new challenges. From the perspective of content providers and educational institutions, particularly, cultural and context-related challenges emerge. Even though barriers regarding large-scale adoption of OERs are widely discussed, empirical evidence for determining challenges in relation to particular contexts is still rare. Such context-specific barriers generally can jeopardize the acceptance of OERs and, in particular, social OER environments. We conducted a large-scale (N = 855) cross-European investigation in the school context to determine how teachers and learners perceive cultural distance as a barrier against the use of social OER environments. The findings indicate how nationality and age of the respondents are strong predictors of cultural distance barrier. The study concludes with identification of context-sensitive interventions for overcoming the related bar riers. These consequences are vital for OER initiatives and educational institutions for aligning their efforts on OER.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Henri Pirkkalainen, Jussi P. P. Jokinen, Jan M. Pawlowski, Thomas Richter
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2014, Barcelona, Spain
First Page:15
Last Page:24
Publication year:2014
Keyword:Barriers; Cultural Distance; Culture; OER; Social Software; TEL
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 306 Kultur und Institutionen
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
Entry in this database:2018/10/19