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Designing for Innovation around OER Vol. 2015, No. 1 (2015)
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have generated considerable media interest, more than other education initiatives such as Open Education Resources (OERs). In this article the author argues that this can be seen as an example of the battle for...
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Vol. 16, No. 3 (2000) pp. 178–83
Describes a pilot study at the Open University of the United Kingdom that used a computer mediated communication (CMC) tutor group for a distance learning course. Highlights include the role of the tutor; benefits perceived by students; comparisons...
Computers & Education Vol. 49, No. 2 (September 2007) pp. 148–159
This paper argues that the internet is built around key technology design features of openness, robustness and decentralisation. These design features have transformed into social features, which are embodied within the cultural values of the...
Open Learning Vol. 19, No. 3 (November 2004) pp. 293–302
The creation of quality e-learning material creates a cost dilemma for many institutions, since it has both high variable and high fixed costs. This cost dilemma means that economies of scale are difficult to achieve, which may result in a...
Designing for Innovation around OER Vol. 2013, No. 1 (2013)
In this article the author argues that openness in education has been successful in establishing itself as an approach. However, this initial victory should be viewed as part of a larger battle around the nature of openness. Drawing lessons from...
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 2010) pp. 1–9
The trend with organisational adoption of virtual learning environments (VLE) seems to be cyclical. Initially, a decentralised approach was adopted, wherein each department implemented different learning environments or mixtures of technology, often ...
WebNet Journal: Internet Technologies, Applications & Issues Vol. 2, No. 3 (2000) pp. 23–28
With the growth of the web in education, the author examines motivations for implementing web technologies in teaching. Six main motivations are identified: educator enthusiasm, to supplement face to face teaching, because the medium suits the topic,...
Journal of Computing in Higher Education Vol. 19, No. 1 (September 2007) pp. 26–47
This paper examines the concept of learning objects, the advantages they offer, and related issues. Learning objects focus on content, while the Learning Design specification addresses pedagogy. Underlying both of these approaches is the motivation...
Journal of Interactive Media in Education Vol. 2012, No. 1 (2012)
The nature of openness in education has transformed from just relating to open access to encompass a wide range of interpretations. This paper explores the concept of an "open scholar" whose practice is shaped by digital and networked technologies....
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 16, No. 2 (Jan 01, 2000)
This paper takes the form of a dialogue between the evaluator and the course team chair of a very large web-based course presented by the Technology Faculty of the UK Open University. An extensive evaluation has been conducted following the first...
European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Vol. 16, No. 1 (2013) pp. 53–66
Higher education institutions face a number of opportunities and challenges as the result of the digital revolution. The institutions perform a number of scholarship functions which can be affected by new technologies, and the desire is to retain...
Journal of Interactive Media in Education Vol. 2008, No. 1 (2008)
The paper will argue that adopting a learning design methodology may provide a vehicle for enabling better design and reuse of Open Educational Resources (OERs). It will describe a learning design methodology, which is being developed and...
Open Learning Vol. 15, No. 3 (2000) pp. 243–52
Outlines the course development of an introductory large-scale distance education course offered via the World Wide Web at the Open University in the United Kingdom. Topics include developing appropriate student skills; maintaining quality control;...
Internet and Higher Education Vol. 8, No. 1 (2005) pp. 61–71
This paper examines how four innovative Internet technologies were incorporated into one course at The UK Open University. The technologies were: blogging, audio conferencing, instant messaging and Harvard's Rotisserie system. Each of the...
The potential social, economic and environmental benefits of MOOCs: operational and historical comparisons with a massive ‘closed online’ course
Open Praxis Vol. 6, No. 2 (Apr 23, 2014) pp. 115–123
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have recently become a much discussed development within higher education. Much of this debate focuses on the philosophical and operational similarities and differences between the types of MOOCs that have emerged ...
International Journal on E-Learning Vol. 1, No. 1 (2002) pp. 9–18
Networking offers new challenges and opportunities for assessment, particularly in the scope for increased interactivity between students and staff in a distance context. Assessment must reflect the aims and objectives of the course, whilst...
EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology Vol. 2011, No. 1 (2011)
This house believes that in the next decade, digital scholarship (in open journals, blogs, and social media) will achieve the same status in academic settings as traditional scholarship.
Educational Technology & Society Vol. 9, No. 1 (2006) pp. 138–145
This paper examines the contention that learning environments which use IMS Learning Designs can be created by plugging in different components, using generic service descriptions to create the interface between the Learning Design (LD) and the...
Who Are the Open Learners? A Comparative Study Profiling Non-Formal Users of Open Educational Resources
European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Vol. 18, No. 2 pp. 50–74
Open educational resources (OER) have been identified as having the potential to extend opportunities for learning to non-formal learners. However, little research has been conducted into the impact of OER on non-formal learners. This paper presents ...
Mapping the open education landscape: citation network analysis of historical open and distance education research
Open Praxis Vol. 10, No. 2 (Apr 20, 2018) pp. 109–126
The term open education has recently been used to refer to topics such as Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Historically its roots lie in civil approaches to education and open universities, but this research ...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (Jun 30, 2008) pp. 4585–4594
This paper describes the development of a new methodology for learning design. Our approach is predicated on the view that no one, simple, view of design is appropriate, because of the inherently messy and creative nature of design. Instead we are...
College & Research Libraries Vol. 63, No. 6 (2002) pp. 515–26
Describes a qualitative study of the research and teaching habits of early adopters of electronic journals that was conducted at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Discusses perceptions, expectations, and changing practices pertaining to...
Open Praxis Vol. 7, No. 4 (Nov 26, 2015) pp. 351–361
The OER Research Hub has been investigating the impact of OER, using eleven hypotheses, and a mixed methods approach to establish an evidence base. This paper explores the findings relating to teaching and learning. The findings reveal a set of...
Robert Farrow; Rebecca Pitt; Beatriz Arcos de los; Leigh‐Anne Perryman; Martin Weller; Patrick McAndrew
British Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 46, No. 5 (Sep 01, 2015) pp. 972–976
The true power of comparative research around the impact and use of open educational resources is only just being realised, largely through the work done by the Hewlett-funded OER Research Hub, based at The Open University (UK). Since late 2012, the ...
Mike Sharples; Anne Adams; Rebecca Ferguson; Mark Gaved; Patrick McAndrew; Bart Rienties; Martin Weller; Denise Whitelock
(2014) pp. 1–37
The third in a series of reports exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but...
Journal of Online Learning Research Vol. 2, No. 1 (Mar 31, 2016) pp. 23–40
It has been suggested that open educational resources (OER) can lower cost and lead to greater flexibility, however while there has been significant investment in opening up content there have been few studies looking at how these resources are...