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PublicationUnderstanding Massive Open Online Courses( 2013)In a critique of online learning in 2008, Brown observed that the ‘Open Educational Resources (OER) movement’ – the network of people who support the development and embedding of a culture of open sourcing, open resources, open knowledge, free sharing and peer collaboration in society – have assembled building blocks that allow the emergence of ‘open participatory learning ecosystems’. // This assemblage includes different types of resources that are part of the effort to extend and eliminate barriers of entry into university-level education. The most visible manifestations of these building blocks are Open Educational Resources (OER), OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
PublicationLearning Analytics for Open and Distance Education( 2013)Learning analytics make use of large datasets in order to improve learning and the environments in which it takes place. Students and educators can use these analytics to review work that has been done in the past, to support current study and to access recommendations for future activities. In the context of open and distance education, analytics are able to draw on information about online learning activity in order to support teachers and to help guide learners. Many of the major learning management systems (LMSs) used to support education worldwide currently have basic-level learning analytics built into them, and new tools are currently under development that will expand the use of analytics within open and distance education.
PublicationOER Quality Tips( 2013)Around the world, teachers are busy trying to help their students as best they can, and many teachers now find that storing their own learning materials for re-using in later classes can save time and effort in the future. Each classroom is unique, and you can gradually build up your own collection of materials from which you can select the most suitable and appropriate resources for your students on the day. // To help you prepare your materials for safely storing and re-using later on, we have compiled this pamphlet of ideas that you can look through for ways to develop your own materials so that you can be assured of good quality resources when you next need them.
PublicationUsing Social Media in Higher Education( 2014)Using Social Media in Higher Education, published by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), 2014.
PublicationPedagogical Podcasting for Learning( 2014)Podcasting originated as a technology to create and distribute personal “radio shows” via the internet. It is now becoming a technology used to support learning in many educational contexts, at least in more economically developed countries. A 2008 survey of learning technologies used in higher education institutions in the UK (Browne et al. 2008) showed that podcasting is a tool that has “increased significantly in prominence” in UK universities (p. 2). Increasing numbers of research papers published on podcasting indicate a growing interest from teachers, technologists and researchers in this field.