Research into Social and Cultural Acceptability of OER in SA 2015
The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project is based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Glenda Cox and Henry Trotter of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town undertook Sub-project 4 of ROER4D. The project, Research into the Social and Cultural Acceptability of Open Educational Resources in South Africa, aims to describe and explain the barriers to and enablers of Open Educational Resources (OER) contribution at institutions in South Africa. The key objective of the research was to understand why scholars contribute or refuse to contribute their teaching materials as OER. The project utilised a mixed methods approach. Surveys of and interviews with academics at three South African institutions were conducted in March 2015 to understand the conditions under which the contribution and/or use of OER would be considered socially and culturally acceptable. Focusing on academics’ teaching practices at the University of Cape Town (UCT) (urban, contact), the University of South Africa (UNISA) (distance, online/ correspondence), and University of Fort Hare University (rural, contact). The resultant dataset includes the survey (quantitative) and interview (qualitative) data.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis were individuals
v1.1: Edited, anonymised dataset for public distribution
Version 1 of the dataset was deposited with DataFirst on 16 September 2015. Version 1.1 has been anonymised further.
The research collected data on why academics contribute or refuse to contribute their teaching materials as Open Educational Resources.
Open Educational Resources
The surveys were conducted at three universities in South Africa and the data is not representative of South Africa as a whole.
The lowest level of geographic aggregation of the data is individual university.
The survey covered academicand support staff at the three universities in the study.
Producers and sponsors
Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D)
University of Cape Town
International Development Research Centre
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The interviews were conducted with 18 people (6 per university), and comprised 50-56 questions and lasted between 30 minutes and 1 hour. The online survey collected quantitative data while open-ended interviews were undertaken at the workshops.
Data Quality Notes
Age data was collected for age groups. However, there was an overlap between age groups 56-60 and 60-65 in the survey instrument. Respondents for these groups were therefore combined into a 56-65 age group.
University of Cape Town
Public use data, available to all
Research on Open Educational Resources for Development. Research into the Social and Cultural Acceptability of Open Educational Resources in South Africa 2015. (ROER4D Sub-project 4) [dataset]. Version 1.1. Cape Town: ROER4D [producer], 2015. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2015. 10.25828/b9a8-yv68