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Implementing Open-Education Resources in a Sustainable Manner: A Two-Case Study Using a Sustainability Model

Posted by Christopher Fay on 16 July 2021

This dissertation studies the integration of readily available digital instruction materials in secondary schools in the hope that the findings and analysis provided by the author might aid schools in implementing the use of these digital resources (104). At a time when more and more technology is being used in schools for learning purposes and the rising cost of textbooks is accelerating the transition from print to digital materials, many schools are looking to the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) as a way to reduce costs of curricular materials. This study looked, then, to assess the sustainability of such a transition  The qualitative research methodology employed by the author was that of a multisite study, in this instance a two-case study where both cases were studied at the same time.

Certain questions form the backdrop against which the issues being posed in the dissertation were pursued. Have teachers been prepared in the use of digital resources  What support are teachers provided to develop their competencies in this regard ? Are there sufficient numbers of teachers at a given school (as opposed to a small handful) capable of and committed to this approach (4)? How readily accessible are the digital resource materials and how sustainable in the long term are these resources for teachers? Will such a transition, in fact, result in the desired reduction of costs?

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