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Idea-Space: A Use Case of Collaborative Course Development in Higher Education


A key component of Open Education movement are Open Educational Resources (OER), which are defined as any digital objects that are commonly shared in online repositories and can be freely accessed, reused and adapted by a community of users for educational purposes using an open license scheme. This broad definition includes a lot of different artefacts, such as digital learning objects, software tools like wikis or authoring systems, electronic textbooks, and lesson plans. Existing research on OER has focused on how to make digital objects available and re-usable for educators and learners. Currently, there are millions of resources for basically all subjects, education level. However, their adoption has been limited, the consumption of them is passive, and there are still many barriers towards the uptake of OER. Amongst those, are the not-invented-here syndrome and the lack of involvement and recognition of users who feel that they do or cannot contribute appropriately. In our research, we focus on tweaking the steps that are accomplished before having the resources complete and shared. In particular, in situations when ideas are initiated, shaped, and shared with like-minded people in order to create new educational outcomes, such as OER.


AbuJarour, Safa’a; Pirkkalainen, Henri; Tannhauser, Anne-Christin; Trepule, Elena; Vidalis, Aristedes; Volungeviciene, Airina; Pawlowski, Jan; Bick, Markus; Bagucanskyte, Migle; Frankenberg, Anna; Hudak, Raimund; Makropoulos, Constantinos; Pappa, Dimitra; Pitsilis, Vassilis (2015): Idea-Space: A Use Case of Collaborative Course Development in Higher Education. Workshop Gemeinschaften in Neuen Medien (GeNeMe) 2015. pp. 149-156