The Impact of OER on Instructional Effectiveness: A Case Study
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Middle East Technical University
Publication date: 2016-07-01
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Omer Faruk ISLIM   

Middle East Technical University, ODTU BOTE Bolumu, 06800 Ankara, Turkey
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2016;12(3):559-567
This descriptive study aims to investigate the instructional effectiveness of Open Educational Resources (OER).

Materials and methods:
It was conducted with 1196 university students who were enrolled in a general chemistry course with an experimental laboratory section. These students voluntarily used OER for their lab activities. Data were collected via a printed, 18-question survey.

Results showed that about half of the students were aware of the OER, and half of these informed students used it. Nonetheless, four advantages of the OER were determined: preparation for topic in advance, facilitating learning, time saving, and improving grades.

Although OER have several advantages, only a limited number of them actively use it. Thus, it appears that students should be more informed about the system, which would ultimately pave the way for increased usage.

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