Learner Autonomy through the Adoption of Open Educational Resources Using Social Network Services and Multi-media E-textbooks

Masumi Hori (NPO CCC-TIES, Japan)
Seishi Ono (NPO CCC-TIES, Japan)
Shinzo Kobayashi (SmileNC & Co., Japan)
Kazutsuna Yamaji (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Toshihiro Kita (Kumamoto University, Japan)
Tsuneo Yamada (The Open University of Japan, Japan)

Asian Association of Open Universities Journal

ISSN: 2414-6994

Article publication date: 1 June 2015

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Abstract

With the development of social network services (SNS) on the Internet, the world has gained access to vast amounts of information resources, allowing people to carefully research and select what they need and want to share with others. The main idea behind open educational resources (OER) is providing freely accessible and openly licensed documents, which fits well with the online learning system using SNS. However, the gap between higher education and social network media in relation to shared activities and OER use remains a challenge. The main reason for this is that teachers lack knowledge of mutual assistance and the skills to use OER. Teachers are dissatisfied with having to use others' resources, which indicates that the problem lies in teachers' psychological conflicts and technical capabilities. Our learning platform, Creative Higher Education with Learning Objects (CHiLO), is based on e-textbooks and aims to develop a flexible learning environment. The CHiLO e-textbooks were developed with a completely new design that considered large-scale online courses, such as open online courses. The core component of CHiLO is the CHiLO Book, which is created in EPUB3 format and has media-rich contents, including graphics, animations, audios and embedded videos. Our set of experimental outcomes shows that CHiLO, which includes not only Web services but also e-textbooks, is easy for teachers to handle.

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Hori, M., Ono, S., Kobayashi, S., Yamaji, K., Kita, T. and Yamada, T. (2015), "Learner Autonomy through the Adoption of Open Educational Resources Using Social Network Services and Multi-media E-textbooks", Asian Association of Open Universities Journal, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 23-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAOUJ-10-01-2015-B004

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