Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to E-Learning

Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to E-Learning

Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to E-Learning

Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to E-Learning


To improve the cost effectiveness and sustainability of e-learning, many national and international initiatives are pioneering new ways in which educators can share their curricula with teachers and learners around the world. To enable this global sharing, educators must learn to design, manage and implement reusable electronic educational resources. This unique book outlines approaches to sharing and reusing resources for e-learning. Drawing upon research by 30 prominent scholars from seven countries, the authors offer multiple perspectives from schools, continuing and higher education institutions as well as industry. It is essential reading for those implementing e-learning in education and corporate training, including teachers, trainers, academics, educational developers and support staff as well as senior managers.


This book Reusing Online Resources: A sustainable approach to e-learning, edited by Allison Littlejohn, is indeed timely. It is published at a time when higher education around the world is facing daunting challenges, where solutions to these challenges are being developed and where this coherent and insightful book can make a significant contribution to the debate.

Higher education is expanding rapidly around the world, but the resources and facilities needed are insufficient to meet this demand, even in developed countries. It is estimated that today there are about 70 million learners in higher education and that this number will more than double to 160 million in 2025. Sir John Daniel, in his book Mega Universities and Knowledge Media (published by Kogan Page, 1996), estimated that to merely maintain the proportion of learners around the world who enter higher education, a new university would need to be opened every week. It is not happening. Such a shortfall is alarming-especially when many countries are seeking to expand the proportion of young people entering higher education. How will this challenge be met?

Many believe that it will not be possible to simply scale up current provision, to build more institutions and to train more teachers. Many believe that to meet the challenge we will need to teach differently, to embrace the new technologies and to exploit cost effective ways of teaching and learning. The growth of open, distance and flexible learning programmes and use of Communications and Information Technology is evidence of institutions striving to meet these challenges; of teaching differently. The reuse of existing materials-to make best use of the time and resources available to teachers and thus to learners is an obvious strategy and the basis of this book.

The authors represent a collection of colleagues from around the world who are both theoreticians and practitioners and who are united in their desire to share current thinking and good practice. Their chapters span this rapidly developing field, from a consideration of the learning objects that constitute the resource

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