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Mapping the open education landscape: Citation network analysis of historical open and distance education research

TitleMapping the open education landscape: Citation network analysis of historical open and distance education research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWeller, M., Jordan K., DeVries I., & Rolfe V.
PublisherOpen Praxis
Volume10
Start Page109
Issue2
Pagination109–126
Date Published04/2018
Secondary PublisherInternational Council for Open and Distance Education
Place PublishedOslo, Norway
Type of WorkSelected papers from the Open Education Consortium Global 2018 Conference
ISSN2304-070X
Keywordscitation network analysis, distance education, open education, social network analysis
Abstract

The term open education has recently been used to refer to topics such as Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Historically its roots lie in civil approaches to education and open universities, but this research is rarely referenced or acknowledged in current interpretations. In this article the antecedents of the modern open educational movement are examined, as the basis for connecting the various strands of research. Using a citation analysis method the key references are extracted and their relationships mapped. This work reveals eight distinct sub-topics within the broad open education area, with relatively little overlap. The implications for this are discussed and methods of improving inter-topic research are proposed.

URLhttps://openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/article/view/822
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.10.2.822
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Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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