Why educators should learn on-the-job

In 2015-16 I led research exploring how educators learn open educational practices. The research was conducted in collaboration with Dr Nina Hood and Dr Heli Kaatrakoski. This was the foundational work for the #ExplOERer (pronounced ‘explorer’) –  a European Commission co-funded project, under the Erasmus+ programme.  The work aimed to promote Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption…

The secret work of Wikipedia editors

Today marks a worldwide campaign to expand the number of women represented in Wikipedia and to increase the number of women who are Wikipedia editors. Last year we* worked with Melissa Highton to research how people learn to become Wikipedia editors. With the emergence of social media sites like Wikipedia there has been a range of new roles and responsibilities associated with knowledge creation.…

Qualified, self-regulated learners follow parts of a MOOC that helps them solve a problem

Understanding learning in Massive Open Online Courses is difficult, partly because methods and instruments for data collection are under-developed. Published work tends to be from data samples that are too small or skewed. Dropout rates in MOOCs mean that the learners who participate in studies show persistence, therefore samples are not representative. Even if this…

Open Educational Practice

Are communities helpful environments for changing professional practice? Authors: Allison Littlejohn, Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer, Helen Beetham For Open Education week at 11am (GMT) on Thursday at Lou McGill, David Kernohan and Allison Littlejohn will present some of the key findings from the UKOER programme ‘What you can learn from the UKOER experience‘. The programme…

OER4Adults: methodology to scope practices around OERs

In OER4Adults we are providing an overview of Open Educational Practices in Europe by identifying, describing and classifying a comprehensive number of European OER initiatives in the area of Lifelong Learning and adult education. We are identifying bottlenecks and barriers to the innovative implementation and use of OERs in adult learning, surfacing factors critical to…

OER4Adults: researching practices around Open Educational Resources

On Sept 4th 2012 Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer and I met with Yves Punie and Stefania Bocconi at the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville. We launched an exciting new study that has the potential to shift the dialogue around the creation and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs): OER4Adults (http://oer4adults.org) A unique aspect of the project is that, while encompassing…

Grand Challenge in Open Learning

During Open Education Week, the JISC UKOER evaluation and synthesis team, Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer, Helen Beetham and I, are   collecting together ideas for a Grand Challenge in the areas of Open Education or Open Learning. This is following on from my work  with the EU-funded STELLAR  Network for Excellence in TEL in developing ‘Grand Challenges’.  A Grand…