ORIOLE Project: Aims to collect and share data about how learning resources are used and sourced in higher ed.

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This survey is being conducted by the Open Resources: Influence on Learners and Educators (ORIOLE) project. It aims to collect and share data about how learning resources are used and sourced in higher education (i.e. university-level education). This is a topic which we expect to be of relevance to anyone who is working directly in delivery of learning and teaching, and those who support this work. We hope that you will take part and disseminate the survey link to others.    more information at http://orioleproject.blogspot.ca/

 

Work context

The next few questions ask about your work context so that we can better understand your answers to other questions.

1a Geographical location

In what part of the world do you usually work?

UK (1)
Europe (2)
Rest of World (3)

1b Employer

Please identify the education activity you are primarily involved with for your main and any other employers:

   Only/Main employer (1) Other employer (2) Other employer (3)

2a Role

None (a)
Higher Education (not primarily distance education) (b)
Higher Education (primarily distance education) (c)
Further Education orVocational education (d)
Other post-16 education (e)
Corporate/Other vocational training organisation (f)
School (g)
Other government or sector organisation (h)
Other educational provider (i)

Please identify your current role(s)

(Select any that apply)

Teaching (1)
Research (2)
Learning technology support (3)
Staff development (5)
Library staff (6)
Other (please specify)____________

 

4a Project affiliation

Do you currently work on a project where there is a requirement by funders to share or reuse educational content (i.e. resources which could be used in learning and teaching)?

Yes (1) No (2)

 

4b Project name

If Yes, please specify project name(s). Please expand any acronyms usedand supply project URL (web address) if known.

         

The next questions ask you about your work in creating or using teaching and learning resources (e.g. presentations, worksheets, forum posts).

Where we use the term ’learning resources’ this refers to teaching and learning resources

 

2ai Create learning resources?

Do you design or create learning resources (other than commercially published ones)? Yes (1) No (2) Not applicable (3)

For students? (1) For colleagues? (2) For others? (3)

 

2b Use learning resources?

Do you select, adapt or use/reuse learning resources (other than commercially published ones)? Yes (1) No (2) Not applicable (3)

For students? (1) For colleagues? (2) For others? (3)

 

3a Discipline area

Into which subject grouping(s) does your teaching or learner support activity best fit?

(If none of these please specify in Other. If you work across several areas please specify the mix in Other)

  •  Arts, Languages and History (1) 
  •  Mathematics, Computing and Engineering (2) 
  •  Sciences and Environmental Sciences (including Geography) (3) 
  •  Health and Medicine (4) 
  •  Social Sciences (5) 
  •  Education (6) 
  •  Business and Management (7) 
  •  Other (please specify) ____________ 

3b Learner types

What type(s) of learners do you teach/support?

Students on degree programmes (Undergraduates) (1)
Students on degree programmes (Postgraduates) (2)

Registered Access/Foundation course students (3)
Informal learners (e.g. ’open’ learners not requiring registration) (4)

Online or distance learners (5) Work-based students (6)

Other

Frequently (1) Sometimes (2)  Rarely (3) Never (4)  Not Applicable (5)

Do you teach/support other types of learners? (If so, please specify)

 

Thank you. We will now ask questions about how you use learning resources.

       

Card sort information

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE READ: The next questions and some later questions are ’card sorts’. This approach is used so that you can relatively quickly make choices when answering a series of related questions. Please note the instructions below: To sort the card into the answer pile, click and drag the card onto the answer pile. To review previous cards within an answer pile, double click on the card at the top. When a card is at the top of the pile, you can click and drag it to a different pile. For certain devices and browsers (e.g. iPad), the card sort questions may render as a grid. For these please select the appropriate answers from the grid by clicking on them.

7 Learning resource types

Each card in the stack below identifies a learning resource type. If you require one of these learning resources are you MOST LIKELY to: (Click and drag each card from lower pile to an answer pile). Review card sort advice.

Create from scratch (1)

Adapt one(s) I created earlier (2)

Adapt one(s) created by others (3)

Link to existing resources (4)

Not used/Not applicable (5)

 

Assessment (formative), e.g. worksheets or quizzes (1)
Assessment (summative), e.g. assignments (2) Audio recordings (e.g. podcasts) (3)

Blogs (4)

Discussion forum messages (5)
Case studies (6)
Data sets (7)
FAQs or glossaries (8) Photos, diagrams, illustrations, etc. (9) Interactive multimedia resources (10)

Lecture notes or handouts (11)
Lesson plans (12)
Study guides or handbooks (13)

Video (other than recorded lectures) (14) Presentations (e.g. PowerPoint) (15) Questionnaires or surveys (16)
Reading or resource lists (17)
Simulations or games (incl. Second Life) (18) Video lectures (20) Webpages (21)
Wikis (22)

Other

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Do you create or use other types of learning resource? (If so, please specify)

       

8a Motivation for resources reuse

What might influence you to adapt or reuse existing learning resources rather than create new ones?

For options which you feel would not occur in your context, choose No effect/Not Applicable.

Positive influence (1)

No effect/Not applicable (2)

Negative influence (3)

My project, department, institution requires this (3)Possibility of reward (1) Rare or unusual resource (2)

My reputation is improved (4)
The reputation of my team, department or institution is enhanced (5)

Develops my research activity or interests (6)

Better looking than anything I could make myself (7)
More technically complex than I could create (8) Opens my work to comment, review etc. (9) Online, so increases my audience (10)

Increases use of resources (11)
Reuse is a good thing to do (12)
Good for my professional development (13) This will save me time (14)

I would need extra resources or support to create it (15)
This is more efficient, it saves money (16) Student learning quality is improved (17)

Other

Are there other reasons you might use or adapt rather than create? (If so, please specify)

 

8b Maximise resources reuse?

Do you feel that you currently use and adapt existing learning resources as much as you can?

Yes (1) No (2)

     

9 Selecting alternative resources

In choosing between alternative resources to use how important are these factors? (Click and drag each card from lower pile to an answer pile). Review card sort advice.

Appears near top of usable hits in a search (1) Already available within my institution (2) Already used within my department or faculty (3) Know and respect the person(s) who made it (4) Evidence of interest (e.g. lots of downloads) (5) Recently created or uploaded or updated (6)

Useable without clearing copyright (e.g. cc license) (7)
Easy to upload or link to from my teaching platform (8)

Description of learning objectives or outcomes (9)

Reputation of ’brand’ (e.g. institution or collection) (10)
Availability for commercial use (11)
Previously heard of the resource (12)

Size is small (e.g. short activity) (13)

Interactive multimedia or other ’rich’ media is used. (14)
Positive user ratings or comments from unidentified reviewers (15)

A license allowing adaption and derivatives (16) Created by someone in my discipline area (17) Recommended by someone I know and trust (18) Have previously used this source successfully (19) Produced for context similar to my own (20) Catchy title or attractive image(s) (21)

From a project I am linked with (22)
Has been previously used with students (23) Description is well written and detailed (24) Source has been around for a while (25)

Other

Very important Important (1) (2)

Not important/ Not applicable (3)

Are there other considerations in selecting between resources? (If so, please specify)

     

10a Resources discovered online

Approximately what percentage of learning resources you use were discovered by you online? None (1) less than 33% (2) 33-66% (3) 66%-99% (4) 100% (5)

 

10b Resources available online

Approximately what percentage of the learning resources you make accessible to students/learners are made available to them online?’

None (1) less than 33% (2) 33-66% (3) 66%-99% (4) 100% (5)

 

11ai Sharing ’finished’ resources

Do you share your ‘finished’ learning resources with anyone except your students?

Frequently (1)
Sometimes (2)
Rarely (3)
Never (4)
Not Applicable (5)

 

11aii Share resource not applicable

If not applicable please briefly explain why.

 

11b Sharing ‘in progress’ resources

Do you share your ‘in progress’ learning resources for comment or collaboration?

Frequently (1)
Sometimes (2)
Rarely (3)
Never (4)
Not Applicable (5)

 

11c Sharing in future

Would you consider doing this in the future?

Yes (1) No (2)

                                               

12a Resources suitable for sharing

How do you make learning resources suitable for sharing? Often (1)

Remove contextual information (e.g. dates) (1) Add open license (2)
Check for third party rights (3)
Improve appearance (4)

Check accuracy and currency (5)
Add references and acknowledgements (6) Check grammar (7)
Re-size so that it can be used as stand-alone (8) Make available in other file formats (9)
Publish publicly online, e.g. Slideshare (10) Upload to a repository (11)
Disseminate information about availability (12)

Other

Sometimes (2)

Never (3)

Not Applicable (4)

Are there any other things you do? (If so, please specify)

 

12aa Support for proce​sses

Do you have support for these processes e.g. someone else carrying out some or all of the work? Yes (1)

No (2)

Other

Please specify

             

12b Motivation to share

Why would you share your learning resources with others?

For options which you feel would not occur in your context, choose No effect/Not Applicable.

Positive influence (1)

No effect/Not applicable (2)

Negative influence (3)

My project, department, institution requires this (3)Possibility of reward (1) Rare or unusual resource (2)

My reputation is improved (4)
The reputation of my team, department or institution is enhanced (5)

Develops my research activity or interests (6) Opens my work to comment, review etc. (7) Increases my audience (8)
Increases use of resources (9)

Reuse is a good thing to do (10)
Good for my professional development (11) This will save me time (12)
This is more efficient, it saves money (13) Student learning quality is improved (14)

I would obtain extra resources or support to create it (15)
Quality of the resource is improved by sharing it (16)

Other

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Are there other reasons you might share resources you have created? (If so, please specify)

     

15 Concerns using resources

What concerns do you have about using resources created by someone else? Important (1)

More familiar with resources I have developed myself (1) Would miss the creative buzz (2)
Lost chance to learn new skills (3)
Less relevant to how I teach (4)

Time lost in searching without finding (5)
Not high enough quality (6)
Would need to make changes anyway before use (7) The different style may confuse my students (8)
I don’t like to alter someone else’s work (9)
Have they infringed copyright? (10)
Might be inaccurate or out-of-date (11)
Time taken to evaluate it may be wasted (12)
Might the web address (URL) change (13)
Others will be using it – its not exclusive (14)

Other

Do you have other concerns? (If so, please specify)

16 Using other people’s resources

When you use other people’s learning resources, is this as:

Not important (2)

Not applicable (3)

Optional material students are not required to use? (1)

Core material students are expected to use? (2) Alternative options to increase student choice? (3) Suggested revision resources? (4)

’Assets’ (e.g. images or excerpts) within a lesson? (5)
Content for experimental courses or projects? (6) Sources of ideas in creating my learning resources? (7)

Other

In other ways? (If so, please specify)

     

17d Open content definitions

What does the term Open Content mean to you?

Resources which are free-of-charge to use (1)

Resources which have an open license (e.g. creative commons) (2)
Resources that learners (including informal learners) can access themselves (3)

Resources that are available on the web (4)

Resources that are offered for reuse, repurposing or versioning by others for new contexts (5)
Resources which can be accessed by users without the need to log in or register (6)

None of these

Agree (1)

Disagree (2)

No opinion (3)

17e Open Educational Resources (OER) and ’open content’

Would you use the term Open Educational Resources (OER) in the same way as you would use the term ’open content’?

Yes (1)

No (2)

17f Open Educational Resources (OER) difference

If ‘No’ what would you say is the difference between these two terms?

 

18 Attitudes and beliefs

Select all of the following statements about open content with which you personally agree:

I fully support the idea of open content and open education resources (1)
With so much open content available, there is no excuse not to use this (2)
It worries me that once ’out there’ you have no control over your resources (3)
There are no real incentives for individuals to get involved in open content (4)
Content that is available for use free of charge is rarely of good quality (5)
This could prove detrimental to the quality of teaching in the long term (6)
Open content initiatives lack a coherent supporting business case (7)
We don’t know where open content is headed or what it is really is about (8)
With finances tight, there will be less willingness to share resources openly. (9)
Much of the ’sharing’ is simply showing off or marketing (10)
This does not currently have much relevance to me or my students (11)
In putting resources ’out there’ unanticipated and exciting things can happen. (12)
Teaching practices must change so that sharing and reuse becomes a habit (13)
This could be the most important development in academic practice for a long time. (14)

 

19b What would improve sharing experience

Reflecting on your experience of SHARING learning resources with others. How might this experience have been improved for you?

 

20b Improve use experience

Reflecting on your experience of USING learning resources made by others. How might this experience have been improved for you?

                       

14b Use for learning or teaching

Do you use the following for learning or teaching activity?
Upload View and Read Not

content comment only

No applicable

Subject-based online community website/forum (1)

Personally maintained, non-institutional website/blog/wiki (2)
National or international repository (3)

Institutional or departmental VLE (4)

Personally maintained non-institutional teaching platform (5)

Departmental or institutional website (6)

Mailing lists relating to a special interest groups (e.g. JISCMAIL lists) (7)

Social sharing sites such as Scribd, Flickr, Slideshare, YouTube (8)

Other (9)

 

21a Sharing other than learning resources

This question specifically asks about sharing resources OTHER THAN learning resources for students. The resources shared could relate to research or teaching. Do you:

Publish papers in open journals? (1)
Link to online content when writing reports, papers, etc.? (2)
Use social bookmarking or similar to share links? (3)
Deposit resources into an institutional open repository? (4)
Publish research or teaching presentations publicly online? (5) Publish podcasts or other audio/video online? (6)
Use Twitter or other social networking sites to share information? (7) Maintain a personal blog or wiki? (8)
Present outcomes from your work at research events? (9)
Share in response to requests for help via mailing lists or email? (10) Present outcomes from your work at staff development events? (11) Publish books or study guides with a commercial publisher? (12)

Yes (1)

No (2)

Not applicable (3)

If you share resources in ways different to those listed above, please specify below.21b Other

 

 

22a Receive report

I would like to receive a copy of the report of this survey Yes (1)

No (2)

 

22b More about ORIOLE

I would like to know more about the ORIOLE project.

(We plan to supply further information in June/July 2011, but will not add you to a mailing list other than for that update).

Yes (1) No (2)

 

22c Email contact

I would be happy to be contacted by email, to discuss my answers more fully Yes (1)

No (2)

 

22 Confirm name & email

Please confirm your name and email:

Name (1) ______________________________ Email (2) ______________________________

       

23 Thank you

Thank you for completing this survey. We appreciate the time that you have spent on this. Rather than offering a personal reward for survey completion we ask you to choose which of the following charities you would like us to donate money to. You have three ’votes’ and so can choose up to three different charities. The top three selections overall will each receive a donation of £100.

Further information about these charities is available here.

   

Charity 1 (1)

Age UK (1)
Alzheimer’s Society (2)
Barnardo’s (3)
Cancer Research UK (4)
Epilepsy Action (5)
Macmillan Cancer Support (6)
Médecins Sans Frontières
Mind (7)
National Autistic Society (8)
NSPCC (9)
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (10) 
Save the Children (11)
SendACow
The National Deaf Children’s Society (12)
The Stroke Association (13)
WaterAid

 

24a Further comments

Do you have any further comments about this survey?

Yes (1)

No (2)

24b Further Comment

Please comment here.

Thank you

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