Sharing Resources in Educational Communities

Allison Littlejohn, Anoush Margaryan

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This study explores individuals’ strategies for sharing and reusing educational resources within localised and distributed communities. Individual behaviours and preferences can determine the overall effectiveness of a community, therefore the study examined individuals’ resource sharing strategies within either localised or distributed communities. Results suggest that individuals in both localised and distributed communities share educational resources and communicate with colleagues in surprisingly similar ways, though localised groups favour face-to-face communication. Overall, the distribution of the community seems to have surprisingly little impact on individuals’ strategies for resource management. The survey results demonstrate that there are few major differences in the ways in which individuals within the localised and distributed communities share and collaborate around educational resources. The study concludes with scenarios for future sharing, based around two meta-trends arising from the literature: the trend towards open sharing in distributed communities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Learning communities
  • Learning object repositories
  • Mobility
  • Knowledge sharing

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