Methods and Outcomes
EVOL-OER will use qualitative methods. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with 20 ‘reusers’ (academics from different disciplinary backgrounds in HEIs who have had experience in reusing OERs), in order to capture their experience in reuse and map the evolution of OERs over time.
The 20 ‘reusers’ will be selected from the academics who participated in and contributed resources to Leicester’s existing OER projects, including OTTER, OSTRICH and TIGER. Academics in overseas HEIs with extensive experience of OER use and adaptation (such as the University of Southern Queensland in Australia), will also be considered for interviews. The identification of suitable ‘reusers’ will also be supported through SCORE and its fellowship projects, e.g. SPIDER, and other OER projects funded by HEA/JISC, such as ORIOLE.
Intended outcomes and deliverables
The intended outcomes and deliverables are:
- A series of case studies to capture diverse examples of how original OERs have been reused, repurposed, and further developed
- For a selection of reused and repurposed OERs, a ‘map’ showing their evolution and tracking changes made to them by users over time, with an accompanying critique
- An evaluation report analysing the outcomes and lessons learned
- A final report detailing the activities and processes and providing tentative answers to the stated research questions
- A journal article submitted to a peer-reviewed publication within 12 months of the start of the project