OER Research Hub embraces a collaborative approach to research. Our research collaborations are designed to enable joint work across three aspects of OER:
- identifying the issues and barriers of use of OER;
- joint work to find possible solutions, routes forward and assistance that might be needed; and,
- collation and collection of evidence against the research hypotheses.
The eight collaborations are divided into four sectors with two collaborations in each sector of K-12, Community College, Higher Education, and informal.
The research collaborations cover different sectors and issues, these include: the opening up of classroom based teaching to open content; the large-scale decision points implied by open textbooks for community colleges; the extension of technology beyond textbook through eBook and simulation; the challenge of teacher training in India; and the ways that OER can support less formal approaches to learning. By basing good practice on practical experience and research we can help tackle practical problems whilst building the evidence bank needed by all. Through this research we will build evidence for what works and when, and establish methods and instruments for broader engagement in researching the impact of openness on learning.