From Researching Virtual Initiatives in Education
A review of how learners make use of online resources to support their learning
The team created a Literature Review supported by an online Database of Literature. All areas of education were considered including HE, FE, schools, adult learning and informal learning. The approximate balance was ideally be HE 50% and rest 50% (roughly equally across FE, schools and ACL/informal) - but this depended on how the literature stacks up.
"Literature" included not only cases where the literature is on the public web or academic web (academic/publisher repositories) including on web 2.0 systems (blogs, Twitter and especially the wikis relevant to this topic), or on the web but hard to find, but also literature that has "fallen off" the web, or that is otherwise available to us.
The focus was on the UK but selected international searches were done in line with the team’s experience of which non-UK countries are most relevant in this area. An initial list of "first tier" countries included Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US, Sweden, South Africa and Netherlands. However, material from any country was considered where the country is judged by the team as relevant to the UK situation.
The team drew on information gained from other projects it has undertaken with a global focus including preparatory work done for the LLP bid POERUP - Policies for OER Uptake (see http://poerup.referata.com/wiki/POERUP).
The online Database was developed in Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com) to allow transparency and the community to assist in its development.
The team was led by Paul Bacsich.
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