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Understanding reusability as a key factor for Open Education: A review

TitleUnderstanding reusability as a key factor for Open Education: A review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsChiappe, A., & Arias V.
EditorsMcGreal, R., & Conrad D.
PublisherInternational Review of Research in Open & Distance Learning
Start Page40
Date Published02/2015
Place PublishedAthabasca, Alberta
Accession Number101143729
Keywordscontent analysis, educational technology, information and communication technology, learning objects, Open Educational Resources, reusability

This article describes both the process and the results of an extensive literature review on reusability as one of the key factors for the creation of open content in the context of open and distance learning. Qualitative analysis of texts was made from 1992 to early 2014 in order to identify meanings associated with reusability and its evolution over time. Results show that reusability is not a univocal concept and its meaning has evolved from its early years, especially focusing over the last decade on adaptation processes. Furthermore, the review indicates that reusability has traveled through a complex path from a technological to an educational context and the ideas related to it, in each case, projected different practical implications. A more profound understanding of such ideas is critical to face institutional approaches to create and reuse open educational resources as well as the design and implementation of open educational practices.


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