Adoption and Utilization of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Undergraduate Students’ Learning Outcome

Dr Emmanuel Emanghe Emanghe, Victor Effiom Ita, P. O. Igbineweka & G. I. Ushie


This study adopted the randomized control trial design to investigate the adoption and utilization of open educational resources (OER) among undergraduate students and their learning outcome. The stratified random sampling technique was used to select 180 undergraduates, who were divided into the intervention and control groups. Two instruments were administered; researchers-developed questionnaire and Educational Management Achievement Test (EMAT). In addition to lessons on Educational Management administered on the entire sample over a course of two weeks, students in the intervention group were given a material on open educational resources. The study found that there is a significant mean difference in learning outcomes of students provided with OER material and those without it, and that there is no significant difference in the knowledge and utilization of OER among the male and female undergraduate students. Based on these findings, the study concluded that OER can play a major role in inculcating knowledge, skills and resourcefulness in Nigerian students, to stimulate the much-needed economic growth and development of the country. It was therefore recommended, among others, that an orientation exercise on the importance, availability and utilization of OER should be conducted in universities.

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