Ecologies of Open Resources and Pedagogies of Abundance

Littlejohn, Allison and McGill, Lou (2015). Ecologies of Open Resources and Pedagogies of Abundance. In: Gros, Begoña; Kinshuk and Maina, Marcelo eds. The Future of Ubiquitous Learning: Learning Designs for Emerging Pedagogies. Lecture Notes in Educational Technology. Berlin: Springer, pp. 115–130.




Learning exists in diverse places—education, work and interest-based activities—and in many different forms. The move towards opening access to learning courses provides learners with the possibility to bring together learning opportunities from diverse sites. However, there is a danger in narrowly viewing learning as the acquisition of resources. This view restricts benefits of open resources to experienced, self-regulated learners. This chapter analyses diverse pedagogies that enable learners to capitalise on digital, open resources. It calls for a fundamental rethink of our cultural view of learning and teaching, focusing attention on how we encourage learners to create and navigate their own pathways, placing the self-regulation of learning as the norm.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 46386
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  • Book Section
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  • 3-662-47723-8, 978-3-662-47723-6
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    OER Programme: Evaluation & SynthesisNot SetHEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England)
  • Keywords
  • open educational practice; open educational resources; open courses; MOOCs; open resources; open pedagogy; OER
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2016 Springer-Verlag
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  • Allison Littlejohn