Utilization of open educational resources (OERs) among college students affiliated to Alagappa university in India



  • M. Nagaiah Ph.D. Research Scholar, Dept of Library and Information Science, Alagappa University, India
  • S. Thanuskodi Professor & Head, Dept of Library and Information Science, Alagappa University, India


college students, open access, open courseware, open education, open educational resources


The world is now paralyzed by covid-19 (2021). UNESCO estimates that there are more than 1.5 billion students in 165 countries and that 87% of the world's students are at risk of contracting the covid-19 pandemics. Open education resources help students continue to study in such situations. This article provides information on what are open education resources, how to use open education resources, and what to do for research. Furthermore, this research report is about how Alagappa University students use open education resources and how it benefits them. What are the barriers they face to obtain OER information? This study aims to provide students with a brief overview of awareness and use of open education resources. A sample of the respondents was prepared from Alagappa University students. Questionnaires were made by Google Forms. A total of 245 Google Forms were sent to students via WhatsApp and Gmail, and 121 students responded. Frequency of use of OER: 72 students use OER daily, 18 students use it twice a week, 27 students use it weekly and 4 students use it monthly.


Download data is not yet available.


Ahn, R., Alpert, E. J., Purcell, G., Konstantopoulos, W. M., McGahan, A., Cafferty, E., ... & Burke, T. F. (2013). Human trafficking: review of educational resources for health professionals. American journal of preventive medicine, 44(3), 283-289. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2012.10.025

Alagu, A., & Thanuskodi, S. (2018). Awareness and Use of ICT among Undergraduate Students of Rural Areas in Dindigul District: A Study. Library Philosophy and Practice, 2018.

Alagu, A., & Thanuskodi, S. (2018). User Perception of Electronic Information Resources: A Case Study of Alagappa College of Arts and Science, Tamilnadu, India. Library Philosophy & Practice.

Alsharif, H. (2020). Phonology, phonetic and phonological aspects. Macrolinguistics and Microlinguistics, 1(1), 52–68. Retrieved from https://mami.nyc/index.php/journal/article/view/5

Andrade, A., Ehlers, U. D., Caine, A., Carneiro, R., Conole, G., Kairamo, A. K., ... & Holmberg, C. (2011). Beyond OER–shifting focus to open educational practices: OPAL report 2011.

Baskaran, C., & Batcha, M. S. (2012). Publications pattern and author Collaboration of cardiology research. SRELS Journal of information management, 49(2), 199-207.

Brander, J. A., & Taylor, M. S. (1998). Open access renewable resources: Trade and trade policy in a two-country model. Journal of International Economics, 44(2), 181-209. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-1996(97)00029-9

Camiciottoli, B. C. (2020). The OpenCourseWare lecture: A new twist on an old genre?. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 46, 100870. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2020.100870

Cantoni, V., Cellario, M., & Porta, M. (2004). Perspectives and challenges in e-learning: towards natural interaction paradigms. Journal of Visual Languages & Computing, 15(5), 333-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvlc.2003.10.002

Cao, W., Fang, Z., Hou, G., Han, M., Xu, X., Dong, J., & Zheng, J. (2020). The psychological impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on college students in China. Psychiatry research, 287, 112934. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.112934

Danchikov, E. A., Prodanova, N. A., Kovalenko, Y. N., & Bondarenko, T. G. (2021). The potential of online learning in modern conditions and its use at different levels of education. Linguistics and Culture Review, 5(S1), 578-586. https://doi.org/10.21744/lingcure.v5nS1.1442

Hassall, C., & Lewis, D. I. (2017). Institutional and technological barriers to the use of open educational resources (OERs) in physiology and medical education. Advances in Physiology Education, 41(1), 77-81.

Heyneman, S. P. (2004). Education and corruption. International Journal of Educational Development, 24(6), 637-648. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2004.02.005

Hu, E., Li, Y., Li, J., & Huang, W. H. (2015). Open educational resources (OER) usage and barriers: a study from Zhejiang University, China. Educational Technology Research and Development, 63(6), 957-974.

Hunt, J., & Eisenberg, D. (2010). Mental health problems and help-seeking behavior among college students. Journal of adolescent health, 46(1), 3-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.08.008

Kalaiyarasan, G. (2019). A Study On Usage Of Open Educational Resources (Oer) Format To Enhancing The Academic Performance Of Higher Secondary School Students In Ramanathapuram Educational District.

Kothari, S., Phan, J. H., Stokes, T. H., & Wang, M. D. (2013). Pathology imaging informatics for quantitative analysis of whole-slide images. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 20(6), 1099-1108.

Kumar, G. P., & Raja, M. V. (2019). A study on awareness and attitude towards Open Educational Resources in higher education students.

Mtebe, J. S., & Raisamo, R. (2014). Investigating perceived barriers to the use of open educational resources in higher education in Tanzania. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(2), 43-66.

Muthuvennila, S., & Thanuskodi, S. (2018). Impact of open access resources on library and information science students in India. Library Philosophy and Practice, 1.

Muthuvennila, S., & Thanuskodi, S. (2019). User Perception on Open Access Resources among College Students in India: A Survey. Library Philosophy and Practice, 1-18.

Muzyka, O., Lopatiuk, Y., Belinska, T., Belozerskaya, A., & Shvets, I. (2021). Modern aesthetic education and its further directions. Linguistics and Culture Review, 5(S4), 12-21. https://doi.org/10.21744/lingcure.v5nS4.1537

Nanayakkara, S. (2017). Impact of free and open-source software paradigm for environmental sustainability-case study in higher education sector. International Journal of Research in Electronics and Computer Engineering, 5(4), 174-188.

Nasution, S. N. (2018). Spirit of nationalism, education and moral religion: nation character building portrayed in Si Bulus-Bulus Si Rumbuk-Rumbuk written by Willem Iskander. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Culture, 5(1), 24-31. https://doi.org/10.21744/ijllc.v5n1.478

Nielit, S. G., & Thanuskodi, S. (2020). E-discovery components of E-teaching and M-learning: An overview. Mobile Devices in Education: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, 928-936.

Packer, L. E. (1997). Social and educational resources for patients with Tourette syndrome. Neurologic clinics, 15(2), 457-473. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0733-8619(05)70326-1

Panke, S. (2011). An Expert Survey on the Barriers and Enablers of Open Educational Practices.

Prayoga, I. A., Ratminingsih, N., & Budasi, I. (2015). The effect of scripted song as a teaching on english competence: 4th Grade Student of Primary School SD Saraswati Tabanan in Academic Year 2013/2014. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Culture, 1(1), 9-17. Retrieved from https://sloap.org/journals/index.php/ijllc/article/view/55

Rodriguez, G., Pérez, J., Cueva, S., & Torres, R. (2017). A framework for improving web accessibility and usability of Open Course Ware sites. Computers & education, 109, 197-215. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2017.02.013

Schultz, T. P. (1988). Education investments and returns. Handbook of development economics, 1, 543-630. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1573-4471(88)01016-2

Suwija, N., Suarta, M., Suparsa, N., Alit Geria, A.A.G., Suryasa, W. (2019). Balinese speech system towards speaker social behavior. Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews, 7(5), 32-40. https://doi.org/10.18510/hssr.2019.754

Thanuskodi, S. (2013). Students’ attitudes towards library facilities and information resources of university libraries in Tamil Nadu: A survey. In Challenges of academic library management in developing countries (pp. 1-15). IGI Global.

Thanuskodi, S. (Ed.). (2013). Challenges of academic library management in developing countries. IGI Global.

Thanuskodi, S., & Subramaniyan, S. (2013). Awareness and use of e-resources among library and information science distance learners at Alagappa University: A study. In Advancing Library Education: Technological Innovation and Instructional Design (pp. 264-272). IGI Global.

West, P. G., & Victor, L. (2011). Background and action paper on OER. Report for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Menlo Park, CA: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Wiley, D. (2007). On the sustainability of open educational resource initiatives in higher education.



How to Cite

Nagaiah, M., & Thanuskodi, S. (2021). Utilization of open educational resources (OERs) among college students affiliated to Alagappa university in India. Linguistics and Culture Review, 5(S3), 1384-1399. https://doi.org/10.21744/lingcure.v5nS3.1822



Research Articles