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Thursday, November 28 • 11:00 - 11:30
Factors Influencing the Acceptance and Utilization of Open Educational Resources by Faculty Members in Higher Education Institutions

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Open Educational Resources (OERs) have a distinguished role to play as they are becoming a significant means of education. They provide teaching and learning materials and offer research resources and training. While there is a growing body of literature on OER development and implementation practices, there is a substantial lack of research about OER and its utilization globally (Panda&Santosh, 2017; Hayman,2018).

In addition, as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the context of this study, the forward-looking strategy ‘Vision 2030’ prioritises life-long learning. SHMS being a national Saudi OER platform. SHMS is an acronym for the Arabic name "SHabakt alMaward alSaudiah”, which was officially launched in March 2018 aiming to enrich the Arabic educational content to support the advancement of education. Since this platform is still a new phenomenon in Saudi Arabia, the purpose of this study is to explore the challenges and motivations experienced by university academics who adopt SHMS, and identify the barriers hindering those who do not utilize this platform in their teaching activities.

In this research, the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) will be adopted, along with three additional constructs, which are, attitude, information quality and culture, as a lens through which to analyse the research data.

This research will employ a Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Design (questionnaires and semi-structured interviews) to examine the academics' perceptions of OER integration into their teaching practices. I will also interview the e-learning assistants in the University in order to investigate their roles in supporting OER adoption by the university academics.

I hope that this work will encourage academics to utilize OER in their teaching activities and provide SHMS stakeholders and other relevant decision makers with the information necessary to improve their system and overcome the challenges that Saudi academics might encounter in their OER adoption.

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Samia Almousa

Lecturer, PNU
Samia is a PhD student at the University of Leeds; a Lecturer at PNU; and a member of GO-GN. Her research interests include Faculty OER Adoption, Technology Adoption, TEL, HEIs, Online Learning, e-Learning... Read More →

Thursday November 28, 2019 11:00 - 11:30 CET
BL28.11 first floor classroom - Presentations