Previous: University of Coimbra (degree and post grad); Politechnic Institute of Beja (worked)
I intend to conduct a multi-case study, in two contexts – Portugal and Mozambique – oriented by the following main research question "How is OER being used in Portuguese and Mozambican higher education institutions and what collaborative model(s) can be adequate to its promotion and adoption, at an institutional and educational level?". This question points out for the projet's main goals: 1) Contribute to the knowledege about OER use; 2) Identify relevant colaborative practices in OER use; 3) Conceive a colaborative model aiming to promote OER use in study contexts. By "use" it is understood familiarity with, usage (and specific uses) and creation, from two perspectives - institutional adoption and teaching practice. The study is intended to happen in two universities (one portuguese, one mozambican), envolving 4 types of actors: teachers; institutional leaders; key-staff in relevant areas (library, ICT services/e-learning, teacher training,...); and external experts to validate main products and data collection instruments. The project is organized is 5 main phases: F1.Literature review F2.Creation & validation of data collection instruments F3.Data collection and analysis F4.Creation of the collaborative model F5.Thesis writing ad conclusion of the study Short Rationale: Globally, Higher Education has been impelled to "openness", namely, by open access publishing, by strengthening open and distance learning pathways, and by supporting pedagogical practices resorting to educational resources that are dynamic, holistic and technologically up-to-date. Such scenario includes the use and creation of free resources concerning access, transformation and sharing – Open Educational Resources (OER). Regarded as a strategic partner in the OER movement, Higher Education is a priority field of action and research. Nevertheless, transversal challenges remain unaddressed, such as, awareness raising around OER, creation and strengthening of collaborative networks, capacity development and research. Literature underlines the need of expanding the institutional and pedagogical use of OER in Higher Education, supporting their agents within a comprehensive vision, as well as the need of developing an in-depth knowledge of such process, aiming to transform current educational practices in open educational practices. No relevant studies are known both in Portuguese and Mozambican Higher education, and there is a lack of research in the topic. Also, in both contexts, it was not possible to identify experiences of collaboration/cooperation aiming to promote OER use/reuse/sharing/creation in Higher Education. It is understood that there is a opportunity to promote OER due to language and cultural factors, as well as to the existent tradition of cooperation between both countries. It is also expected that the project might have some positive input to other Portuguese speaking countries.
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