Abstract—This study aims to analyze the practices and
hurdles of open educational resources (OER) among faculty of
science postgraduate students at Alagappa University,
Tamilnadu, India, during the pandemic period. The present
study has employed the “questionnaire” as a tool developed by
the investigator through a systematic and comprehensive
approach in the research design of the questionnaire forms for
the survey in various phases. The investigator conducted a pilot
study in different Alagappa University, India, departments. The
faculty of science students of Alagappa University, Tamilnadu,
India, has been selected for the population of the study. A total
of 396 postgraduate faculty of science students from the
departments chosen at Alagappa University, Tamilnadu, India,
were initially collected. However, 30 samples were excluded due
to incompleteness. A simple random sampling method was
employed to select 366 data for the study. All faculty of science
students at Alagappa University, Tamilnadu, India were aware
of OER. However, one-fourth of students rarely used OER per
day, and only a few students used it monthly. OER was taught
to students by faculty at Alagappa University, which created
awareness and usage of OER. More announcements or news
about OERs being posted on official university websites would
increase student awareness of OERs. The significant hurdles
shared by students in this study in using OERs are the low
quality of OER, limited technology, the OER repository, and
the time-consuming to download OER resources.
Index Terms—Massive open online courses, open educational resources, open educational practices, science students
M. Muniyasamy is with Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India.
R. Jeyshankar is with the Department of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India.
*Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org (R.J.)
Cite: M. Muniyasamy and R. Jeyshankar*, "Postgraduate Student‘s Open Educational Practices and Hurdles among Faculty of Science at Alagappa University during the Pandemic," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 526-534, 2023.Copyright © 2023 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).