An investigation of faculty perspectives on barriers, incentives, and benefits of the OER movement in Turkey

  • Engin Kursun Department of Computer Education & Instructional Technology, Ataturk University, 25240 Erzurum
  • Kursat Cagiltay Department of Computer Education & Instructional Technology, Middle East Technical University, 06800 Ankara
  • Gulfidan Can Department of Computer Education & Instructional Technology, Middle East Technical University, 06800 Ankara
Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER), OpenCourseWare (OCW), Barriers, Incentives, Benefits

Abstract

The purpose of this survey study is to investigate faculty’s perceptions of the main incentives, barriers, and benefits to publishing their course materials for free within the open educational resources (OER) movement. Data were collected from an online survey of 1,637 faculty from 56 universities in Turkey. Results showed that even though the majority of the participants’ perceptions of OER benefits and their attitudes toward publishing their course materials were positive, legal issues were perceived as an obstacle to effective application. Intellectual property protection mechanisms were perceived as the most important incentive to facilitate their contribution.

Author Biography

Engin Kursun, Department of Computer Education & Instructional Technology, Ataturk University, 25240 Erzurum

Engin Kursun earned his PhD. from Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology at Middle East Technical University (METU) on the topic of Open Educational Resources in Turkey. He is an Assistant Prof. currently working at Ataturk University,and mainly interested in Open Educational Resources, Human Computer Interaction and New Media and Learning Environments.

Published
2014-10-22
How to Cite
Kursun, E., Cagiltay, K., & Can, G. (2014). An investigation of faculty perspectives on barriers, incentives, and benefits of the OER movement in Turkey. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(6). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i6.1914
Section
Research Articles