THU: Taming the wild or wilding the tame? Supporting the implementation of open textbooks. (Jo Jacob)
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Dr Simon Ball
2 February 2014
This paper is based on the presenter’s current action research into the preliminary stages of the adoption and implementation of open textbooks – a type of open educational resource – by a team of trainers delivering formal classroom-based learning programmes to apprentices. The presentation will briefly explain what open textbooks are and how they may be used.
The context for this is organisations which provide training for apprentices in England. In 2012/13 nearly 860,000 people participated in apprenticeships, which combine paid work with learning. This means apprentices, as well as the colleges and training providers which work with them, are potentially significant users of suitable open educational resources.
People as well as existing and new practices and technologies may be seen as ‘wild’ or ‘tame’, and change may mean ‘taming’ or ‘wilding’ them. The paper will consider how open textbooks, practices and people may be considered wild and tame.
There is a body of research literature on open textbooks which suggests that the use of open textbooks improves outcomes for learners and sheds light on how they are used in practice. Highlights from a review of the research literature will be presented and a discussion of their implications for their use by work-based learning practitioners and apprentices.
Adopting and using OER may mean a change for practitioners and leaders which engenders new understanding, skills and practices. Change from the existing state to a new desired state does not ‘just happen’ as individuals and teams often have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The action research aims to investigate leadership approaches which will support the team to implement new technology and practices. Some early findings will be provided, which include a tentative model for considering the support needs of teams implementing open textbooks.
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19:08 on 9 February 2014