Knowledge Media Tools to Foster Social Learning

Knowledge Media Tools to Foster Social Learning

Alexandra Okada (The Open University, UK), Simon Buckingham Shum (The Open University, UK), Michelle Bachler (The Open University, UK), Eleftheria Tomadaki (The Open University, UK), Peter Scott (The Open University, UK), Alex Little (The Open University, UK) and Marc Eisenstadt (The Open University, UK)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch056


The aim of this chapter is to overview the ways in which knowledge media technologies create opportunities for social learning. The Open Content movement has been growing rapidly, opening up new opportunities for widening participation. One of the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives is the OpenLearn project, launched by the Open University, which integrates three knowledge media technologies: Compendium, FM and MSG. In this chapter, the authors analyse some examples, which show how these tools can be used to foster open sensemaking communities by mapping knowledge, location and virtual interactions. At the end, they present some questions and future horizons related to this research.

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