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Exploring user types and what users seek in an open content based educational resource

Godwin, Stephen and McAndrew, Patrick (2008). Exploring user types and what users seek in an open content based educational resource. In: ED-MEDIA 2008 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, 30 Jun - 04 Jul 2008, Vienna, Austria.

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Abstract

The OpenLearn site is an example of an Open Educational Resource (OER) providing units for free study and for re-use under the Creative Commons license. The primary focus of the site is content but it also offers social tools such as forums, personal journals, presence, and videoconferencing. The content can also support interactivity such as quizzes, opportunities for reflection, and interactive diagrams. This paper discusses desirable attributes for a learning environment suited to OERs and considers OpenLearn in the light of the four types of learning focus suggested by Bransford et al (2002) namely: learner, knowledge, community and assessment centred. A study of user views of OpenLearn is reviewed using cluster analysis to identify possible user types. The needs of these user types are then considered with a focus on assessment issues and possible responses suggested in the case of OpenLearn to help bring in assessment to informal learning resources.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Extra Information: Published as ISBN 1-880094-65-7
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 27399
Depositing User: Patrick McAndrew
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2011 11:16
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 04:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27399
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