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Social media for enriching collaborative open learning and collective knowledge

Okada, Alexandra (2013). Social media for enriching collaborative open learning and collective knowledge. In: Social Media 2013 - 18th International Education Technology Conference, 1-3 Aug 2013, Hong Kong, China.

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This paper demonstrates some pedagogical strategies for enriching collaborative open learning - “co-learning” and collective knowledge through social media. The study centres on the e-book Open Educational Resources and Social Networks ( developed by the open research network COLEARN during 2012. Its collaborative research question focused on how academic communities could make their work more accessible and reusable as Open Educational Resources using Social Media. A hundred and thirteen participants – researchers, lecturers, supervisors, postgraduates and undergraduates –, from thirty research groups of different universities and countries co-authored thirty-three chapters that draw upon their mainstream research and redesigned the content to make it more reusable and understandable for a broader target audience. The theoretical principles which our qualitative and quantitative analysis are grounded are: participatory media, Commons-Based Peer Production, Mass collaboration. Our outcomes show that through social knowledge media, co-learners can convey their views by sharing questions, information, tools, practices, methods, productions and reflections. They can also rate, tag, review, comment and share others’ collaborations. All of these contribute to the development of new thoughts, research and innovation towards open collective knowledge.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Author
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Item ID: 41727
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 14:06
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:29
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