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YouTube as a repository: the creative practice of students as producers of Open Educational Resources

Keegan, H and Bell, F 2011, 'YouTube as a repository: the creative practice of students as producers of Open Educational Resources' , European Journal of Open and Distance e-Learning .

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In this paper we present an alternative view of Open Educational Resources (OERs). Rather than focusing on open media resources produced by expert practitioners for use by peers and learners, we examine the practice of learners as active agents, producing open media resources using the devices in their pockets: their mobile phones. In this study, students are the producers and operate simultaneously as legitimate members of the YouTube community and producers of educational content for future cohorts. Taking an Action Research approach we investigated how student’s engagement with open media resources related to their creativity. Using Kleiman’s framework of fives conceptual themes which emerged from academics experiences of creativity (constraint, process, product, transformation, fulfillment), we found that these themes revealed the opportunities designed into the assessed task and provided a useful lens with which to view students’ authentic creative experiences. Students’ experience of creativity mapped on to Kleiman’s framework, and was affected by assessment. Dimensions of openness changed across platforms, although the impact of authenticity and publication on creativity was evident, and the production of open media resources that have a dual function as OERs has clear benefits in terms of knowledge sharing and community participation.The transformational impacts for students were evident in the short term but would merit a longitudinal study. A series of conclusions are drawn to inform future practice and research.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Open and Distance e-Learning
Publisher: EDEN
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1027-5207
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Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 10:19
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:07

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