A User-centered Approach to Open Educational Resources

By Jingfeng Xia and Lydia C. Spotts.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This paper proposes a user-centered open educational resources (OER) system that serves a single academic discipline, and argues that the system will provide more convenience to people who want to learn a particular subject rather than use the material as part of a degree-seeking activity. After examining current OER conditions in the field of library and information science and comparing the advantages and disadvantages between a provider-centered institutional OER and a user-centered subject OER, we call for efforts towards restructuring OER in the domain of academic disciplines.

Keywords: Open Access, Open Educational Resources, User-centered System, Library and Information Science

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.71-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 822.882KB).

Jingfeng Xia

Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Jingfeng Xia is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Indianapolis. His research focuses on open access, including open access educational resources. He has published many peer-reviewed articles in this area.

Lydia C. Spotts

Graduate Assistant, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Lydia C. Spotts is a student and Graduate Assistant in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Indianapolis.