Authors: Tina Wilson; Patrick McAndrew
Addresses: Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK. ' Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK
Abstract: The availability of community building tools and open educational resources (OER) affords the creation of new and innovative learning spaces. However in much of the work on OER the focus has been on providing content, rather than on how tools can be used in conjunction with available content to create a shared space that could improve the impact of such resources. A series of studies taking a subject point of view looked at the prospects for collaborative and cooperative working around OER from the perspectives of teachers and technical experts, considering in particular whether they would become involved in open environments. The studies discussed give an insight into how academics view social tools and techniques and whether they would use open arenas for formal and informal learning. The topic of OER and associated facilitative tools is important and this paper looks beyond content production issues to contribute to the debate on how collaborative and cooperative working can be established around OER.
Keywords: shared learning spaces; community building tools; Web 2.0; formal learning; informal learning; human-computer interaction; HCI; computer science; open educational resources; collaborative learning; cooperative learning; web based communities; online communities; virtual communities.
International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2011 Vol.7 No.4, pp.442 - 462
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