Notice to Authors

Due to the overwhelming number of submissions to IRRODL, the journal has already met its publication quota for 2019. As a result, for a period that will not exceed six months, IRRODL will no longer be accepting submissions after May 1, 2019. In order to improve our service to the academic community, and to ensure a six month review to publication cycle, IRRODL will be moving to a regularized publication schedule in 2020. More information will be provided later this year.

We thank our authors, reviewers, and readers for their unwavering and exceptional support in making our journal one of the world’s most successful, open access journals in the field of open and distributed learning.

An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practices

  • Bieke Schreurs Welten Institute, Open University, The Netherlands
  • Antoine Van den Beemt Eindhoven School of Education, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Fleur Prinsen Welten Institute, Open University, The Netherlands
  • Gabi Witthaus Leicester University
  • Grainne Conole Leicester University
  • Maarten de Laat Welten Institute, Open University, The Netherlands
Keywords: open educational resources, networked learning, communities of practice

Abstract

By investigating how educational practitioners participate in activities around open educational practices (OEP), this paper aims at contributing to an understanding of open practices and how these practitioners learn to use OEP. Our research is guided by the following hypothesis: Different social configurations support a variety of social learning activities. The social configuration of OEPs is investigated by an operationalization into the dimensions (1) practice, (2) domain, (3) collective identity, and (4) organization. The results show how practitioners of six different OEPs learn, while acting and collaborating through a combination of offline and online networks. The findings of our study lead to practical implications on how to support participation in OEP, and thereby stimulate learning in (online) networks of OEP.

Author Biography

Antoine Van den Beemt, Eindhoven School of Education, Eindhoven University of Technology
Assistant professor, Eindhoven School of Education. My research concerns professional development of teachers, with an emphasis on ICT als learning tool.
Published
2014-08-15
How to Cite
Schreurs, B., Van den Beemt, A., Prinsen, F., Witthaus, G., Conole, G., & de Laat, M. (2014). An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practices. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(4). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i4.1905
Section
Research Articles