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From books to MOOCs and back again: An Irish case study of open digital textbooks

Brown, Mark orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-7927-6717, Costello, Eamon orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2775-6006 and Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Mairéad (2018) From books to MOOCs and back again: An Irish case study of open digital textbooks. In: European Distance and E-Learning Network 2018 Annual Conference, 17-20 June 2018, Genova, Italy. ISBN 978-615-5511-23-3

This paper reports a work in progress to investigate the current and intended future use of open digital textbooks in Irish higher education. It begins by establishing that open digital textbooks, as a subset of the wider Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, have not featured prominently in Irish higher education policy texts. A brief synthesis of the macro-level literature reveals the strong North American influence driving innovations in open digital textbooks over the past decade, particularly in response to increasing concerns about rising costs. At the mesolevel the research problem is framed by a gap in the literature and lack of information more generally about textbook use in Irish higher education, although more specifically the study aims to establish current and intended future usage of open digital textbooks. Five research questions that guide the study are then outlined along with the methodology for the first two parallel work packages: (a) an environmental scan and national baseline survey of open digital textbooks in the Irish higher education sector; and (b) a micro-level institutional case study of current practice around the use of textbooks and adoption of open digital textbooks more particularly. The final work package aspires to develop an open digital textbook initiative based on findings from earlier phases and the international literature. While the study is still at an early stage a critical perspective underpins the research as we seek to better understand the potential transformative advantages of open digital textbooks over and above the use of more conventional learning resources.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:MOOcs; Online Learning
Subjects:Social Sciences > Distance education
Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Educational technology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge
DCU Faculties and Schools > NIDL (National Institute for Digital Learning)
Published in: Exploring the Micro, Meso and Macro – Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) 2018. . EDEN. ISBN 978-615-5511-23-3
Official URL:http://www.eden-online.org/resources/proceedings-a...
Copyright Information:© 2018 EDEN, Brown M., Costello E. & Nic Giolla Mhichíl M. (CC BY 4.0)
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:MOOQ, the European Alliance for Quality of Massive Open Online Courses (www.MOOC-quality.eu)
ID Code:22684
Deposited On:20 Sep 2018 13:08 by Fran Callaghan . Last Modified 16 Apr 2021 13:28

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