Perception and Dilemmas of Teacher Educators on Utilization of Open Education Resources
Journal of Educational Technology Volume 15, Number 2, ISSN 0973-0559
Teacher educators are confronting myriads of challenges in identifying and utilizing the Open Education Resources (OER). This study is intended to analyze the perception and dilemmas faced by teacher educators in integrating OER for teaching. The conceptual frame work of the study is focused on teachers' access and utilization of the online resources. Sample is 108 teacher educators drawn from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. OER Utilization Inventory and Informal Interview were the tools used. The collected data propelled for a mixed approach of quantitative and qualitative analyses. Findings of the study show that there is inadequate perception among teacher educators on availability and usability of relevant OER for teaching the contents. Teacher Educators are varied on their perception regarding OER as relevant and active support to teach content. 18% of teacher educators perceived the OER as need of the hour while 13.88% perceived OER as not supportive. 68% perceived with neutrality. 82% of teacher educators are skeptic on authenticity of available online resources including OER materials. Most of the teacher educators guarantee the credibility of online resources only after verifying with the text book resources. They have 'tendency to compare' the relevance and quality of online materials with Books. The study reflects need of awareness programmes for teacher educators on OER and its utilization. Centralized monitoring on authenticity of OER is suggested to adjudicate the credence and quality of the materials.
Paleeri, S. (2018). Perception and Dilemmas of Teacher Educators on Utilization of Open Education Resources. Journal of Educational Technology, 15(2), 55-61.