Co-authorship in the age of cyberculture: Open Educational Resources at the Open University of the United Kingdom

Alexandra Okada, Giselle Ferreira


Locating Open Educational Resources (OER) as a phenomenon of cyberculture, this paper presents a reflection on the possibilities of co-authorship that are entailed in OER initiatives of different natures and settings within a large organisation. A selection of OER-related projects and activities carried out at the Open University of United Kingdom (UKOU) are examined from the perspective of a comparative framework proposed by Okada (2010). The framework identifies key features and differences between ‘Closed’ and ‘Open’ Education, that is, respectively, formal education, which takes place within the constraints of institutional Virtual Learning Environments, and informal education, which is gradually taking place more widely in cyberspace. The paper is introduced with a succinct discussion of the connection between cyberculture and the emergence of OER, followed by a presentation of the comparative framework adopted. The UKOU´s structure and methods are then presented, and various projects are discussed. The article concludes by proposing a brief commentary on the creative potential that is being unleashed at the very boundaries between formal and informal educational spaces that cyberculture is challenging.

Cyberculture; Open Educational Resources; Co-authorship; coLearning; The UK Open University; UKOU; Open Education; Openness, Distance Education

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ISSN 1518-5370 [impresso] • 1982-0305 [eletrônico]
Teias, uma publicação eletrônica do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação – ProPEd/UERJ
Qualis/Capes - A2 (2017/2018) 
DOI: 10.12957/teias


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