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New design approaches to repurposing open educational resources for collaborative learning using mediating artefacts

Dimitriadis, Yannis; McAndrew, Patrick; Conole, Grainne and Makriyannis, Elpida (2009). New design approaches to repurposing open educational resources for collaborative learning using mediating artefacts. In: ascilite 2009: Same places, different spaces, 6-9 Dec 2009, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

In spite of high expectations and the support given by prestigious funding and educational institutions, Open Educational Resources (OER) have not been adopted widely by teachers and learners in practice. From a cultural historical activity theory perspective, we argue that Mediating Artefacts (MA) such as OER learning design visual representations and rich narrative pedagogical patterns may enable a more effective OER cycle of creation, design, use and evaluation. More specifically, two main arguments are analysed in this paper: first, that making the inherent design of OER more explicit will make them more understandable and hence reusable; second, that offering a small set of simple patterns will encourage new ways to interpret OER and inspire re-purposing in new challenging contexts. A series of successful workshops was carried out and qualitative data gathered which provide initial evidence that a set of CSCL pedagogical patterns were found very suitable in order to repurpose resources intended for individual use and adjust the focus to make them suit new collaborative learning contexts. Interpretation of the data will form the basis for further workshops that aim to extend the idea of using targeted mediating artefacts to guide the design and repurposing of OER.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Not SetNot SetSpanish Ministry of Science and Education
Keywords: learning design, pedagogical patterns, collaborative learning, open educational resources, mediating artefacts
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 19378
Depositing User: Patrick McAndrew
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2010 12:43
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2012 20:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19378
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