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Towards a social learning space for open educational resources

Ferguson, Rebecca and Buckingham Shum, Simon (2012). Towards a social learning space for open educational resources. In: ed. Collaborative Learning 2.0: Open Educational Resources. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 309–327.

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Abstract

This chapter examines the meaning of ‘open’ in terms of tools, resources and education, and goes on to explore the association between open approaches to education and the development of online social learning. It considers why this form of learning is emerging so strongly at this point, what its underlying principles are, and how it can be defined. Openness is identified as one of the motivating rationales for a social media space tuned for learning, called SocialLearn, which is currently being trialed at The Open University in the UK. SocialLearn has been designed to support online social learning by helping users to clarify their intention, ground their learning and engage in learning conversations. The emerging design concept and implementation are described here, with a focus on what personalization means in this context, and on how learning analytics could be used to provide different types of recommendation that support learning.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-4666-0300-3, 978-1-4666-0300-4
Keywords: collaboration; distance learning; online social learning; learning analytics; open educational resources; OER; open SocialLearn
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 33457
Depositing User: Rebecca Ferguson
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 13:38
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2014 10:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33457
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