This paper presents a case study of the adoption and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the redesign of five teacher education courses in the Faculty of Education at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). It describes the steps in the process of a project that is currently being implemented at OUSL in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in the orientation of a faculty group of thirty staff members to the concept of Open Educational Practices (OEP) and the adoption of OER in their teaching and learning. Qualitative data gathered through a series of concept mapping exercises by participants, followed up with individual commentaries on the concept maps will show the astounding developments in the breadth and depth of understanding of the various concepts related to OER as well as their adoption and use in the redesign of the five courses. The paper will also describe how concept mapping is being used to capture this incremental development of understanding and mindsets (conceptual understanding) of individuals around the concept of OEP.
Journal or Publication Title
Proceedings of the 2nd Regional Symposium on Open Educational Resources: Beyond Advocacy, Research and Policy (24-27 June 2014; Penang, Malaysia