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Design principles for collaboration platforms for open education

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2015 - 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-989758107-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 23 May 201525 May 2015


Conference7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015


Increasing the current low uptake of Open Education Resources (OER) is a key challenge for researchers and practitioners in the field. User studies have shown that collaboration is a main success factor for successful open educational activities. However, effective collaboration in open educational contexts requires well planned processes and platforms supporting collaboration, in particular in physically distributed settings. We have been investigating the value of such platforms, their main features and user requirements to enable collaboration from immature ideas to completed resources. We used quantitative and qualitative research methods to collect insights from potential users of such collaboration platforms to validate our approach. Based on these insights, we developed a collaboration platform for open education. We validated our platform using observation groups and focus groups to identify the key design principles of powerful collaboration platforms for Open Education. Examples are the need for a simple tool, use of a common terminology, and considering Intellectual Property Rights. In this paper, we present our findings from an initial validation of our collaboration platform and give recommendations towards powerful collaboration platforms for open educational contexts.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Collaboration, Collaboration platforms, OER, Open education, Open educational resources