Ecologies of Open Resources and Pedagogies of Abundance

  • Allison LittlejohnEmail author
  • Lou McGill
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)


Learning exists in diverse places—education, work and interest-based activities—and in many different forms. The move towards opening access to learning courses provides learners with the possibility to bring together learning opportunities from diverse sites. However, there is a danger in narrowly viewing learning as the acquisition of resources. This view restricts benefits of open resources to experienced, self-regulated learners. This chapter analyses diverse pedagogies that enable learners to capitalise on digital, open resources. It calls for a fundamental rethink of our cultural view of learning and teaching, focusing attention on how we encourage learners to create and navigate their own pathways, placing the self-regulation of learning as the norm.


Open educational practice Open educational resources Open courses MOOCs Open resources Open pedagogy OER 



We would like to thank our colleagues who collaborated with us on some of the studies cited in this chapter: Dr. Anoush Margaryan, Dr. Colin Milligan, Dr. Isobel Falconer and Ms. Helen Beetham. Thanks also to the funders who have sponsored our work, most notably JISC and Shell BPV.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Lou McGill Consultancy Ltd.WhithornScotland

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