Abstract—Unequal access to higher education institutions
(HEIs) on the basis of gender, economic and social status,
location of residence, and inadequate prior schooling are all
continuing to challenge many Asian nations. Open educational
resources (OER) are one example of an innovative approach to
educational technology which opens up opportunities to create,
share, and facilitate teaching and learning. Embedding OER
within University Social Responsibility (USR) is a key element
for fostering transparency in educational learning processes,
fulfilling higher education institutions (HEIs) social
responsibility mission, and helping the establishment of a new
sustainable development model for education. This study
examined university managers’ opinions and attitudes toward
current OER and USR practice, particularly focused on Thai
HEIs systems. A paper-based survey was deployed to three Thai
HEIs systems including: (1) the Universities System (US), (2) the
Rajabhat Universities System (RUS), and (3) the Rajamangala
Universities of Technology System (RUTS). Forty-four
university managers participated in this study. The findings of
this study provide benefits to scholars in the field of educational
technology and university policy and administration, with
regard to supporting existing educational strategy planning and
perhaps moving educational policy development further along.
Future research can be looked at from the differing angles of
the growing OER and USR movements allowing for individual,
institutional, and country-level contributions.
Index Terms—Open educational resources, university social responsibility, OERs, USR, policy and strategic planning.
Shu-Hsiang Chen and Jaitip Nasongkhla are with Chulalongkorn University, Department of Educational Technology and Communications, Faculty of Education, Bangkok, Thailand (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
J. Ana Donaldson is with University of Northern Iowa, USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Shu-Hsiang Chen, Jaitip Nasongkhla, and J. Ana Donaldson, "Open Educational Resources and University Social Responsibility Practices among Thailand’s Higher Education Institutional Management," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 506-513, 2018.