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Participatory learning

Research Leads

Elpida Makriyannis, Doug Clow

What is it?

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).

Fairy Rings of Participation in online communities

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.

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:

"Fairy Rings" of Participation: The invisible network influencing participation in online communities


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.

Can India ascend into a leader in the open knowledge economy?


Herodotus World: Exploring the ancient world with Google

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.

TwHistory: What would Churchill have tweeted during World War II

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.

"Among the Highest Aims of Scholarship: Entertainment" - Creating the OER without abandoning the student

Sunday afternoon. Keep checking my watch. Just logged onto Skype to have a discussion about the experience of creating, 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).

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