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Webinar #5: New research: The lived experience of open educational resources (OER) creator-practitioners

18 July 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST

Webinar #5 of the ASCILITE Open Educational Practices special interest group 2023 webinar program.


Alex Wanstrath, Instructional Design and Technology Ph.D., Liberty University (Virginia, United States), School of Education


This presentation will outline new research on the lived experience of creator-practitioners of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in United States (U.S.) higher education institutions. Vygotsky and Bruner’s constructivist theories guide this study as they describe both the cognitive and social aspects of content creation.

Participants in the study included eleven current instructors from colleges and universities across the U.S. who have used and created their own OER, and engaged in OEP in at least one of their courses. Through hermeneutical phenomenological research design, collecting qualitative data through journal entries, artifact analysis, and semi-structured interviews, three themes were revealed. The participants’ desire for:

(1) improvement of the student experience

(2) improvement of the creator-practitioner’s craft

(3) community and contributions

Join us as Dr Wanstrath discusses the findings of this study, including the alignment and emphasis of the learner-centered approach that creator-practitioners implement, the paradigm shift of power and control pertaining to the roles of instructors and learners, and the importance of cooperation between creator-practitioners and other stakeholders.

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18 July 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST
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