As a part of the “Research on Open Educational Resources for Development” project, ITfC conducted an action research on a collaborative OER adoption project in Karnataka. In phase 2 of this project, ITfC will study OER use by teachers and develop a toolkit for state governments on collaborative OER adoption program, based on professional learning communities of teachers.
The first phase sought to study - “whether and how, a bottom-up approach, where Collaborative OER Adoption (COA) participants, 'embedded' in a 'professional learning community' (PLC) of teachers, collaboratively and actively co-create contextual resources, can support effective Open Educational Resource (OER) models.” The project was located in Karnataka state, and the model developed through this research is referred to as the ‘PLC-OER’ model.
The findings of phase 1 suggest that the collaborative OER adoption model effectively contributes to OER adoption and teacher professional development. This innovative model of teacher professional development was endorsed by a review mission of the Government of India and a few Indian state governments have contacted ITfC to implement a similar programme in their states.
The second phase of this project, titled “Scaling Open Education Resource Based Teacher Professional Development in India”, seeks to improve the quality of teacher professional development in the Indian government school system, by up-scaling the OER model based professional learning communities of teachers in the two interested states. They will also study the contextual factors in these states that would affect the transfer of the model and continually adapt and refine the model.
The second phase has 3 components:
PLC - Studying the interactions within the PLC, including with the COA teachers to deepen understanding about OER adoption and the PLC-OER model.
OER use - Study the use of OER by COA and PLC teachers
Up-scaling of the OER model - Generalize and abstract elements of the PLC-OER model, through up-scaling the model in two other states in India.
Component 1 - PLC and COA interactions
This was studied using the analysis of mails shared in the PLC, focused group discussions conducted among the OER core group members, key informant interviews conducted with selected teachers, case study conducted of the STF program and the practitioners’ own reflections as action researchers.
Gurumurthy presented a paper on "Collaborative OER adoption by a PLC, a model of TPD", at the 'National Conference on ICT in school education' organized by the Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer (NCERT). The paper discussed the interactions within the PLC, including with the COA teachers to deepen understanding about OER adoption and the PLC-OER model.
Component 1 - OER use
A survey to study the actual use of OER by the PLC teachers is in progress.
Component 3 - Up-scaling the OER model
IT for Change is working with the Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana departments of school education, to help them design and conduct workshops to develop professional learning communities of teachers.