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Free / Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities as an example of successful open participatory learning ecosystems

Meiszner, Andreas; Glott, Rudiger and Sowe, Sulayman K. (2008). Free / Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities as an example of successful open participatory learning ecosystems. UPGRADE, The European Journal for the Informatics Professional, 9(3) pp. 62–68.

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Abstract

This paper examines participatory knowledge creation and transfer in the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement from the viewpoint of the Free / Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) community. In more recent years FLOSS communities gained attention for their community production and support models and regarding their way of knowledge creation and learning. From the "FLOSS perspective" it becomes obvious that the OER movement falls short in some points. Most strikingly, the traditional way of resource creation using the traditional role distribution models that clearly distinguishes between educators as creators and learners as consumer is still predominant. As a result even the most prominent examples within the OER movement are rather static repositories than open participatory learning ecosystems (OPLE). This paper illustrates how FLOSS communities function as open participatory learning ecosystems, focusing on the aspects content, support and underlying tools. We will also try to show differences between the FLOSS case, current OER initiatives and education at large.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1684-5285
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 16852
Depositing User: Wendy Hunt
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2009 09:10
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2011 13:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/16852
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