Elpida Makriyannis, Doug Clow
The overall aim of this strand is to understand how participatory learning - active engagement, participation and contribution by learners, often in social, open and creative ways - relates to open educational resources (OER).
Individuals participate in many different ways in online communities. There is an extensive body of research describing participation as a key metaphor in communities of practice and stressing that participatory mobility is influenced by underground multidirectional activities, directed away from the notion of periphery to the centre practices and taking the shape of expansive swarming and multidirectional pulsations.
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.
We had the honour and joy to welcome Prof Jenny Preece at OLnet on the 8th and 9th of April. Jenny Preece together with Ben Schneiderman have created the Reader-to-Leader Framework, a framework supported by extensive references to the research literature that explains what motivates technology-mediated social participation in online communities.
From an early age, Herodotus' inquiring nature led him to engage in extensive travelling. During his long and perilous journeys he examined, inquired and accumulated a vast amount of well-documented materials complementing them with rich narratives.
Twitter initially started as a micro-blogging service, but quickly developed into a social messaging tool used effectively to quickly communicate messages to a group or several different groups of people.
Sunday afternoon. Keep checking my watch. Just logged onto Skype to have a discussion about the experience of creating Smarthistory.org, a multi-award winning Open Educational Resource with founders, Drs Steven Zucker and Beth Harris. Dr Steven Zucker is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century art and theory and is Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has received awards for excellence in teaching and authors essays and articles in prestigious art history journals. With Dr. Beth Harris, he created the FIT digital image library and organized conferences on technologies reshaping the practice of teaching art and art history. Dr Beth Harris was an assistant professor of art history at the Fashion Institute of Technology when she created Smarthistory with Dr. Zucker. She has taught both online and in the classroom and also directed FIT's large distance learning program. She is currently Director of Digital Learning at a museum in New York City. Beth is a Victorian Studies specialist and editor of Famine and Fashion: Needlewomen in the Nineteenth Century (2005). With Steven Zucker, she co- authored "The Slide Library: A Posthumous Assessment in the Service of Our Digital Future,” in Teaching Art History with Technology: Case Studies (2008).
In 2004, WIRED magazine’s November issue featured a CD with Creative Commons licensed music by Beastie Boys, My Morning Jacket, David Byrne, Chuck D and others, music which was also hosted on a new website, called ccMixter.org. ccMixter is a project supported by Creative Commons and more specifically Lucas Gonze, Neeru Paharia and Mike Linksvayer. Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to making it easier for people to share and remix their work with others, providing free licenses and relevant legal tools for the authors creative work and for others to share and remix.