Open Learning Cultures

A Guide to Quality, Evaluation, and Assessment for Future Learning

Authors: Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel

  • Details the influence of collaborative web-based technology on learning environments and learning behavior
  • Provides educators, teachers, lecturers and students with a practical guide to developing customized quality concepts in open learning environments
  • Includes guidelines, templates and use cases to facilitate the practical implementation of the methods presented
  • Presents a concept of quality control and assessments as an integral part of learning processes
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About this book

Today we are seeing a new form of blended learning: not only is technology enhancing the learning environment but formal and informal learning are combining and there is self- and peer-assessment of results. Open learning cultures are challenging the old and long-practiced methods used by educators and transforming learning into a more student-driven and independent activity , which uses online tools such as blogs, wikis or podcasts to connect resources, students and teachers in a novel way.

While in higher education institutions most assessments are still tied to formal learning scenarios, teachers are more and more bound to recognize their students’ informal learning processes and networks. This book will help teachers, lecturers and students to better understand how open learning landscapes work, how to define quality and create assessments in such environments, and how to apply these new measures.

To this end, Ehlers first elaborates the technological background for more collaborative, distributed, informal, and self-guided learning. He covers the rise of social media for learning and shows how an architecture of participation can change learning activities. These new paradigms are then applied to learning and education to outline what open learning landscapes look like. Here he highlights the shift from knowledge transfer to competence development, the increase in lifelong learning, and the importance of informal learning, user generated content, and open educational resources. He then shows how to manage quality by presenting a step by step guide to developing customized quality concepts for open learning landscapes. Finally, several methods dealing with assessment in these new environments are presented, including guidelines, templates and use cases to exemplify the approaches.

Overall, Ehlers argues for assessment as an integral part of learning processes, with quality assurance as a method of stimulating a quality culture and continuous quality development rather than as a simple controlling exercise.

About the authors

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning, and Vice-President for Quality and Academic Affairs at Baden-Wurttemberg State University in Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests are in e-learning, quality development, and educational systems development. He is also President of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning, and is active in many research and development projects.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: An Avalanche Is Coming

    Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel

    Pages 1-7

  • Discovering the Power of Social Media

    Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel

    Pages 9-41

  • Emerging Open-Learning Cultures: Transforming Higher Education

    Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel

    Pages 43-101

  • Open and Community-Based Learning Ecologies: Peers and Networks

    Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel

    Pages 103-121

  • The Foundations for Quality of Open-Learning Cultures

    Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel

    Pages 123-146

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Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-662-50603-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Open Learning Cultures
Book Subtitle
A Guide to Quality, Evaluation, and Assessment for Future Learning
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-38174-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-38174-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-38173-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50603-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 239
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations
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