Overcoming cultural distance in social OER environments

Henri Pirkkalainen, Jussi P P Jokinen, Jan M. Pawlowski, Thomas Richter

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    Open educational resources (OERs) provide opportunities as enablers of societal development, but they also create new challenges. From the perspective of content providers and educational institutions, particularly, cultural and context-related challenges emerge. Even though barriers regarding large-scale adoption of OERs are widely discussed, empirical evidence for determining challenges in relation to particular contexts is still rare. Such context-specific barriers generally can jeopardize the acceptance of OERs and, in particular, social OER environments. We conducted a large-scale (N = 855) cross-European investigation in the school context to determine how teachers and learners perceive cultural distance as a barrier against the use of social OER environments. The findings indicate how nationality and age of the respondents are strong predictors of cultural distance barrier. The study concludes with identification of context-sensitive interventions for overcoming the related barriers. These consequences are vital for OER initiatives and educational institutions for aligning their efforts on OER.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCSEDU 2014 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9789897580208
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    Event6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 1 Apr 20143 Apr 2014


    Conference6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2014


    • Barriers
    • Cultural distance
    • Culture
    • OER
    • Social software
    • TEL

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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