Collaborating on ideas: Tackling Barriers to Open Education

ID: 43212 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Henri Pirkkalainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  2. Jan Pawlowski, Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Thursday, June 26 4:30 PM-5:00 PM

Presider:
Graham Walton, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

This paper presents key issues around collaborative idea development in the context of open education. Current initiatives and solutions around OER have been successful in promoting the concept of openness that is now broadly recognized. However, the actual adoption of OER services and re-use of materials is a constant struggle. We present an alternative for managing OER development, taking a step back and starting from educational ideas. This paper conceptualizes the idea sharing activities, building on the strong foundation evidenced in other contexts for organizational knowledge sharing and social sciences. The study demonstrates the key possibilities and barriers for collaborative idea development by analyzing a series of focus group sessions (with 64 participants) conducted as face-to-face and online meetings.

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