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Learning design of OER

Research Leads

Grainne Conole, Giota Alevizou, Patrick McAndrew

What is it?

The overall aim of this strand is to understand the role of design in OER and apply learning design tools and resources to the reuse of Open Educational Resources (OER).

Elpida Makriyannis' OLnet Research E-book

At OLnet, we are involved in many different types of fascinating research partnering with organisations, institutions and individuals worldwide in order to achieve a better understanding of what it means to learn, teach and research in an open world. "My OLnet Research E-book" will focus on introducing different sections of my personal research together with evidence, links to relevant information and useful tips depending on the topic.

Relevant Research:

Peer to Peer University (P2PU): a social wrapper around OER, a public space for learning and engagement?


Intended initially to put a ‘social and pedagogical wrapper’ around Open Resources (open access and public domain content, open learning objects, etc but not necessarily, conventional OCW), Peer to Peer University (short P2PU) was launched in September 2009 to provide engagement in learning in the form of ‘short courses’.

Presentation at the OLnet researchers meeting Nov. 30

On Nov. 30 I gave a presentation at the OER researcher's meeting. At the concrete level, the presentation reported on two case studies (at the graduate level) on design of teaching/learning, each of which were designed from the perspective that "the dialogue is the curriculum" and uses a variety of educational resources. At a meta level, the presentation made a plea for incorporating an ethical dimension in design and demonstrated in the case studies the awareness/meta-learning methodology I use for employing open educational resources in design of my own teaching/learning processes.

Sharing learning designs - Re-purposing OERs

In spite of high expectations and the support given by prestigious funding and educational institutions, OERs have not been adopted widely by teachers and learners in practice. In the meantime, educational structures are also becoming increasingly complex, multi-dimensional and non-linear requiring experts but also novices to quickly gain different levels of understanding and skills.

OER: views, perceptions and uses from participants at the Blended Design Workshop at Brunel University

I spent Monday, 9th November, at the Blended Design Workshop at Brunel University*.  The workshop introduced over 25 participants to a new methodology - learning design in a blended learning context - for learning design, which aims to provide support and guidance to lecturers in making decisions about creating blended learning modules and activities, including engagement with using and developing OER.

Explore, map, build workshop

 Live blogging:


This morning we are gathered together at the Open University, The Design Observatory, Observation Space, to discuss the connections amongst the various OER projects existing in the university. By 'we' I mean representatives from projects such as OLnet, Atelier-D, OpenLearn, SCORM, LDI, iSpot, the TERG research group and the OU Library.

Conference: Maximising Opportunities for Young learners in the Digital Age, 14 July 2009

This was the final - and largest - event in the ESRC Seminar Series “The educational and social impact of new technologies on young people in Britain”. Looking beyond mainstream articulations of the so-called 'digital generation', the series addressed core issues around the conceptual and methodological challenges for directing policy-relevant and stakeholder-informed empirical research on learning, digital learning and in/formal learning cultures.

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