OER Citations

Access and Utilisation of Open Educational Resources by Academics and Students among Tertiary Institutions in Tanzania

Citation

Bulugu, P. P., & Ponera, J. M. (2024). Access and Utilisation of Open Educational Resources by Academics and Students among Tertiary Institutions in Tanzania. 8028. http://repository.mocu.ac.tz/xmlui/handle/123456789/1255

Abstract

This study investigated the use of open educational resources (OER) among academics and students at the Local Government Training Institute in Tanzania (LGTI). The study was premised on the pragmatism paradigm and deployed a mixed-methods research approach. An explanatory sequential design was used, which involved the collection of quantitative data in the first stage, followed by qualitative data in the next phase. The sample size comprised 55 respondents from LGTI who filled out questionnaires. Five library staff and two ICT staff were purposefully selected for interviews. Quantitative data was analysed using SPSS version 16, while qualitative data was thematically analysed based on the themes that emerged from the interview. The findings from the questionnaires and interviews established that academics and students were aware of OER. The findings further revealed that the majority of academics frequently use OER for teaching and learning purposes, while the use of OER among students was moderate. A study found that students and academics encounter various challenges in their use of OER, including unreliable internet connectivity, a lack of searching skills, information overload, and a lack of awareness. The study recommends that LGTI management ensure regular training on OER usage is conducted for both academics and students to equip them with searching skills. The study further recommends that LGTI management invest in ICT facilities, including ensuring the availability of stable internet connectivity. Finally, the study recommends that the management of LGTI embrace the use of blended learning to promote the use of OERs in learning.

Citation Type: Journal Article