Some further reading: 

  • An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practices, Bieke Schreurs, Antoine Van den Beemt, Fleur Prinsen, Gabi Witthaus, Grainne Conole, Maarten de Laat. (click!)
  • “By investigating how educational practitioners participate in activities around open educational practices (OEP), this paper aims at contributing to an understanding of open practices and how these practitioners learn to use OEP. This research is guided by the following hypothesis: Different social configurations support a variety of social learning activities. The social configuration of OEPs is investigated by an operationalization into the dimensions (1) practice, (2) domain, (3) collective identity, and (4) organization. The results show how practitioners of six different OEPs learn, while acting and collaborating through a combination of offline and online networks. The findings of our study lead to practical implications on how to support participation in OEP, and thereby stimulate learning in (online) networks of OEP.”

  • Paper “Using innovative social networking tools to fostercommunities of practice” (click!)
    The paper presents the National Digital Learning Resources Service (NDLR), funded by the HEA (Ireland), an open educational resource service providing an open online repository and community portal, shared between the seven Universities and the fourteen Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The NDLR uses innovative technologies and social networking tools to foster over thirty active communities of practice.

  • Paper “Colearning” - collaborative networks for creating, sharingand reusing OER through social media” (click!)
    The paper presents an investigation focusing on the use of social media tools and personal network environments for engaging learning communities in producing, adapting, sharing and disseminating OER collaboratively. The aim of this investigation is to identify new forms of collaboration, as well as strategies that can be used to make the production and adaptation processes of OER more explicit for anyone in the community to contribute.

  • Innovating Pedagogy 2014 report - new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers (click!)
    The Open University has recently published this report, which explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, namely
    Massive open social learning
    Learning design informed by analytics
    Flipped classroom
    Bring your own devices
    Learning to learn
    Dynamic assessment
    Event-based learning
    Learning through storytelling
    Threshold concepts

Even if some of the terms look new to you, you can get an understanding in the Executive Summary of the Report


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