1st Edition

Reusing Open Resources
Learning in Open Networks for Work, Life and Education

ISBN 9780415838696
Published July 17, 2014 by Routledge
204 Pages

USD $58.95

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Book Description

Every day, learners use and reuse open, digital resources for learning. Reusing Open Resources offers a vision of the potential of these open, online resources to support learning. The book follows on from Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to E-learning. At that time focus was on the creation, release and reuse of digital learning resources modeled on educational materials. Since then the open release of resources and data has become mainstream, rather than specialist, changing societal expectations around resource reuse. Social and professional learning networks are now routine places for the exchange of online knowledge resources that are shared, manipulated and reused in new ways, opening opportunities for new models of business, research and learning.

The goal of this book is to extend the debate of how open, online resources might support learning across diverse contexts. Twenty-four distinguished experts from nine countries distributed across Europe and North America contribute empirical evidence and ideas. Collectively they provide a vision of the potential of open, online resources to support learning across everyday contexts of education, work and life.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Reusing Open Resources for Learning

Allison Littlejohn, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University and Chris Pegler, Open University (UK)


Chapter 2: Agoraphobia and the modern learner

Jon Dron and Terry Anderson, Athabasca University

Chapter 3: Open-sourcing personal learning

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler, Centre for Educational Technology, Tallinn University, Estonia

Chapter 4: Open networks and bounded communities: Tensions inherent in releasing Open Educational Resources

Allison Littlejohn, Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill and Helen Beetham, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Chapter 5: OER: A European policy perspective

Jesús Maria Alquézar Sabadie, Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, Christine Redecker, Yves Punie, Riina Vuorikari, European Commission – Directorate General Education and Culture and Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)


Chapter 6: Workplace Learning in Informal Networks

Colin Milligan, Allison Littlejohn, and Anoush Margaryan, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Chapter 7: Challenges of Collaborative Knowledge Creation – Work with Shared Objects

Sami Paavola, University of Helsinki, Finland

Chapter 8: Open, lifewide learning: A vision

Allison Littlejohn, Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

SECTION 3: Education

Chapter 9: Learning across Sites through Learning by Design in Use

Marisa Ponti, Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg, and Department of Education and InterMedia, University of Oslo

Magnus Bergquist, Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg

Ebba Ossiannilsson, Centre for Educational Development and Evaluation Office, Lund University and Oulu University

Chapter 10: Massive Open Online Courses: A traditional or transformative approach to learning?

Katie Vale, Harvard University and Allison Littlejohn, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Chapter 11: Analytics for Education

Sheila MacNeill, Lorna M. Campbell and Martin Hawksey, Centre for Interoperability Standards (CETIS), UK

Chapter 12: Applying agile methods in researching open education

Patrick McAndrew, The Open University

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Professor Allison Littlejohn is Director of the Caledonian Academy and Chair of Learning Technology at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.

Dr. Chris Pegler is a UK National Teaching Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK.


"As the use of open resources and open practices moves from a peripheral interest to mainstream practice, this book provides a timely insight into the issues and debates. It draws together an impressive range of authors to cover learning design, MOOCs, learning networks, learning analytics, OERs, and more. This range demonstrates how the open approach has successfully expanded to touch upon many aspects of academic practice. Understanding these issues is of significance to all those interested in the direction of higher education."

--Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK

"In this collection, Allison Littlejohn and Chris Pegler have brought together leading authors in the field of online resources. The different perspectives help to clarify why and how we use and define them, and what they are, as well as the issues involved in implementations. I would recommend this book to educators and administrators interested in reusing online resources."

--Rory McGreal, UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER, Athabasca University, Canada