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Are open educational resources systematic or systemic change agents for teaching practice?

Lane, Andy and McAndrew, Patrick (2010). Are open educational resources systematic or systemic change agents for teaching practice? British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(6) pp. 952–962.

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Open educational resources (OER) raise many similar issues for education to those that have surrounded Learning Objects (LO). However the greater use and availability of digital technologies and open licensing seems to be enabling OER to have wider acceptance into individual and institutional teaching practice. While the need for appropriate design in teaching and learning on the part of educators, which was the primary driver of developments in LO, remains, the very openness of OER is changing the relationships between educators, learners and content (resources) and is becoming a primary agent of change. Experience in OpenLearn, a major initiative to provide OER from The Open University, indicates that some of these changes can be planned for while others will emerge as releasing content openly imposes evolutionary pressures that accelerate change and work around barriers. Development can then be driven by learner expectations of the technology and needs for informal life-long learning that in turn impact on how content is being designed and openly presented. It is argued that this represents a shift from a teacher-centric, systematic model of change in teaching practices as embodied in earlier ideas about LO to a learner-centric, systemic model of change as embodied in OER.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors
ISSN: 0007-1013
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 23808
Depositing User: Patrick McAndrew
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2010 11:16
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 01:14
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