April 11, 2021

Research Article: “Open Universities and Open Educational Practices: A Content Analysis of Open University Websites”

The following articles was published this month by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.

Title

Open Universities and Open Educational Practices: A Content Analysis of Open University Websites

Author

Irwin DeVries
Thompson Rivers University

Source

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 20, Number 4
October 2019

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of how open universities depict their current institutional engagement in open educational practices. In view of the growth of programming for non-traditional students by conventional universities, particularly through online learning and increasing interest in open educational practices, the intention is to gain a better understanding of the unique contributions currently made, or potentially to be made, by open universities in comparison to conventional universities. The study is conducted through a content analysis of open university websites, exploring key themes related to access-oriented open educational practices derived from terms and related concepts in relevant literature. With the growth of distance education, online learning, and other emerging access-oriented open educational practices in traditional higher education, open universities should be uniquely situated to provide visible leadership in these domains. The open university website content analysis explores the extent to which this is the case.

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Also on this Issue: A Tour of Open Universities Through Literature: A Bibliometric Analysis

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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