OERs: new media on the learning landscape

Bossu, Carina and Tynan, Belinda (2011) OERs: new media on the learning landscape. On the Horizon, 19 (4). pp. 259-267. ISSN 1074-8121


Purpose – The main aims of this viewpoint essay are to raise awareness and to provoke discussion regarding important issues surrounding open educational resources (OERs) as a new media for learning.

Design/methodology/approach – The issues discussed are based on the authors' critical analysis of a select review of the body of knowledge available.

Findings – The discussions here led to the conclusion that, despite the challenges brought by this recent movement, OER resources are here to stay. They have the potential, among other things, to further incorporate Web 2.0 applications in learning environments and to bridge the gap between non-formal, informal and formal education.

Originality/value – The reflections of the challenges and benefits of OERs presented here can assist government bodies, educational institutions, decision makers and educators in general whether they are considering adopting this movement or not.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 01:37
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: education; open content; open educational resources
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/10748121111179385
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21128

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