Report
Team Members

Picture-of-me-1-2This project was lead by Angelica Risquez, an educational developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Limerick, where she champions teaching, learning and scholarship with a special emphasis in technology enhanced learning (TEL).

  • Dr. Fiona Farr (University of Limerick)
  • Dr Anne O’Keeffe (University of Limerick)
  • Catherine Bruen (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
  • Dr Claire McAvinia (Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • Yvonne Desmond (Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • Dr Pauline Rooney (Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. Sharon Flynn (National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • David Moloney (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)
  • Dr Deirdre Ryan (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)
  • Dr Ann Marcus-Quinn (University of Limerick)
Aims

To examine how digital teaching and learning resources can be utilised, developed and shared in order to enhance teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

Research Questions

1. How can digital teaching and learning resources be effectively utilised and shared? • Survey with academic staff (explore current patterns of use and attitudes towards the use of open educational resources and existing repositories) • Focus group with library and academic staff at institutional level (explore current patterns of use and attitudes towards the use of open educational resources and existing repositories)

2. What do we know from the NDLR experience about how OER can be shared, utilised, maintained and developed? • Review of NDLR literature

3. How can the digitisation of teaching and learning resources be ingested, managed and discovered using local repositories? • Focus group with Repository Managers

Methodology & Scope

There are existing sources of data and expertise from cross-sectoral initiatives in the Irish higher education context that can be utilised in order to address these questions. This research project will capitalise on these existing data and expertise as well as focusing on recent and current research projects. The research will be led by university of limerick, as its is partnered by Mary Immaculate College, Dublin Institute of Technology, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and National University of Ireland Galway. Existing data • Review of relevant NDLR grey literature (policy, survey templates, evaluation tools) and impact evaluation • Examination of relevant questions in National Forum TEL survey • Examination of relevant questions in VLE staff national survey Collection of new data • Collection of views on the potential and challenges of using local repositories for sharing of open educational resources with repository managers (1 focus group) and academics/librarians/educational technologists (3 focused groups by geographical focus: 1. MIC/UL; 2. NUIG; 3. RCSI/DIT • Data collection through national questionnaire (disseminated through the National Forum Designated Contacts and social networks) to academic staff in order to capture their current use of open educational resources and re-examine the requirements they have to support their use of these technologies and resources

Outcomes

• A review of relevant national and international literature in open educational resources • A comprehensive review of NDLR grey literature and impact evaluation • Review of relevant research evidence collected by the National Forum through their TEL survey • Review of relevant research evidence collected through a staff survey specifically focused on open educational resources disseminated through the National Forum Designated Contacts and social network. • Collection of a new dataset as described above in Project Methodology and Scope • A final report presenting and summarising research findings • Recommendations for the sector on how best approach a networked use of local repositories for teaching and learning resources

Impact Goals

• Generation of a comprehensive literature review. • Ethical approval for the proposed research. • Recruitment of a qualified research assistant. • Organisation and facilitation of three focus groups with approximately seven representative academics/educational developers/technologists/library staff in each. • Collection of data from academic staff through a national survey • Accurate transcription, coding and analysis of the data generated during of the focus groups. • Accurate statistical interpretation of data collected through national survey • On-time delivery of the comprehensive final report.