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IJEEEE 2015 Vol.5(2): 62-72 ISSN: 2010-3654
doi: 10.17706/ijeeee.2015.5.2.62-72

Teachers’ Perceptions of Creating, Sharing and Using Open Education Resources (OERs) in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Malini Ganapathy, Vivien Chee Pei Wei, Vighnarajah, Chong Jui Jong
Abstract—One of the emerging issues in educational discourse today is the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and its potential in expanding access and improving the quality of education, particularly in developing countries such as Malaysia. There are an increasing number of OER materials which are created and made available by multi-lateral agencies, consortia and individual organizations but it is under-utilized. The increasing potential of OER is said to bring change perspectives from learners as well as the teachers who struggle to find new approaches to make the learning and teaching more meaningful. This paper will explore the perceptions of English language teachers in a developing country such as Malaysia on the creation, sharing and usage of OERs to increase their students’ participation in higher education, especially in a lifelong learning context. Data was collected based on a survey conducted among English language teachers who are currently employed in a local public university. The findings of this study is hoped to change the mindsets of traditional English language teachers as to the inclusion or acceptance of OER in their teaching process, in line with Malaysia’s vision to become a centre for knowledge in the Asian region.

Index Terms—Creating, open educational resources, perceptions, sharing, using, USM.

Malini Ganapathy, Vivien Chee Pei Wei, and Chong Jui Jong are with the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia
Vighnarajah is with the School of Education, Languages and Communications, Wawasan Open University, 10050 Penang, Malaysia

Cite: Malini Ganapathy, Vivien Chee Pei Wei, Vighnarajah, Chong Jui Jong, " Teachers’ Perceptions of Creating, Sharing and Using Open Education Resources (OERs) in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)," International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 62-72, 2015.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-3654 (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. e-Educ. e-Bus. e-Manag. e-Learn.
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Lau
Abstracting/ Indexing: EBSCO, Google Scholar, Electronic Journals Library, QUALIS, ProQuest, EI (INSPEC, IET)
E-mail: ijeeee@iap.org
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