An exploration of agency in the localisation of open educational resources for teacher development

Resource type
Journal Article
Authors/contributors
Title
An exploration of agency in the localisation of open educational resources for teacher development
Abstract
This study examines the practice of adaptation and translation (localisation) of Open Educational Resources (OER). It employs a sociocultural perspective to focus on the experiences of practitioners (localisers) who undertook the localisation of a suite of 125 OER created as part of a teacher professional development programme in India. This localisation process generated eight unique versions of the OER in five languages. Drawing on project reports, practitioner interviews and analysis of the adapted OER, the study explores how localisers created meaning for the task, the situational and linguistic factors that influenced and mediated their decisions to adapt the materials – or not – and the skills and experiences that emerged through the process. Although the findings revealed that changes to the materials were limited, suggesting that enacting localisation is more difficult than perhaps suggested by OER proponents, the analysis indicated forms of localisers’ emerging professional agency through this endeavour.
Publication
Learning, Media and Technology
Volume
44
Issue
3
Pages
327-344
Date
July 3, 2019
ISSN
1743-9884
Accessed
27/10/2020, 15:37
Library Catalog
Taylor and Francis+NEJM
Citation
Wolfenden, F., & Adinolfi, L. (2019). An exploration of agency in the localisation of open educational resources for teacher development. Learning, Media and Technology, 44(3), 327–344. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2019.1628046