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OERs: new media on the learning landscape

Carina Bossu (DEHub: Innovation in Distance Education, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
Belinda Tynan (DEHub: Innovation in Distance Education, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 27 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The main aims of this viewpoint essay are to raise awareness and to provoke discussion regarding important issues surrounding open educational resources (OERs) as a new media for learning.

Design/methodology/approach

The issues discussed are based on the authors' critical analysis of a select review of the body of knowledge available.

Findings

The discussions here led to the conclusion that, despite the challenges brought by this recent movement, OER resources are here to stay. They have the potential, among other things, to further incorporate Web 2.0 applications in learning environments and to bridge the gap between non‐formal, informal and formal education.

Originality/value

The reflections of the challenges and benefits of OERs presented here can assist government bodies, educational institutions, decision makers and educators in general whether they are considering adopting this movement or not.

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Citation

Bossu, C. and Tynan, B. (2011), "OERs: new media on the learning landscape", On the Horizon, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 259-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/10748121111179385

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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