In my lifetime i did with colleagues applied for a grant that was intended to establish the extent and the use of OER in sub-Saharan Africa. We didn't get the grant and neither have we have seen the results of that study if it was ever done. I am sure some fellows carried out the research.
My proposal would be as :
Action Research on the use of OER in teaching paramedics :
There is need to randomly select some paramedic schools and facilitate using the various OER. An action research would be appropriate in that the
- Governments and regulatory bodies need to be midwifed on the process
- Students have to be convinced that the will learn better compared to those using conventional books
- The heads have to participate to appreciate the costs of education.
There will need to compare the graduates of those who use OER to those who have studied in the traditional approach- we may have a null hypothesis- at worst we shall win with the cost.