Repositories and communities at cross-purposes: issues in sharing and reuse of digital learning resources

Anoush Margaryan, Allison Littlejohn

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    Globally, institutions are setting up digital repositories to support the sharing of resources for teaching and learning. The educational rationale is that a single set of resources can be restructured to support different pedagogical approaches and to achieve economies of scale. A key problem is that these learning object repositories (LORs), like many other learning technology innovations, are often designed to exploit the capabilities of technology rather than to meet learners' needs. The premise of this study is that the nature and organization of a community is likely to impact the way an LOR is used.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)333-347
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008



    • phenomenography
    • learning communities
    • Activity Theory
    • learning object repositories
    • socio-cultural issues in technology use
    • activity systems

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