Design Principles for Collaboration Platforms for Open Education

Safa'a AbuJarour, Henri Pirkkalainen, Jan Pawlowski, Markus Bick, Migle Bagucanskyte, Anna Frankenberg, Raimund Hudak, Constantinos Makropoulos, Dimitra Pappa, Vassilis Pitsilis, Anne-Christin Tannhauser, Elena Trepule, Aristedes Vidalis, Airina Volungeviciene


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.


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Paper Citation

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AbuJarour S., Pirkkalainen H., Pawlowski J., Bick M., Bagucanskyte M., Frankenberg A., Hudak R., Makropoulos C., Pappa D., Pitsilis V., Tannhauser A., Trepule E., Vidalis A. and Volungeviciene A. (2015). Design Principles for Collaboration Platforms for Open Education . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-107-6, pages 349-359. DOI: 10.5220/0005451003490359

in Bibtex Style

author={Safa'a AbuJarour and Henri Pirkkalainen and Jan Pawlowski and Markus Bick and Migle Bagucanskyte and Anna Frankenberg and Raimund Hudak and Constantinos Makropoulos and Dimitra Pappa and Vassilis Pitsilis and Anne-Christin Tannhauser and Elena Trepule and Aristedes Vidalis and Airina Volungeviciene},
title={Design Principles for Collaboration Platforms for Open Education},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Design Principles for Collaboration Platforms for Open Education
SN - 978-989-758-107-6
AU - AbuJarour S.
AU - Pirkkalainen H.
AU - Pawlowski J.
AU - Bick M.
AU - Bagucanskyte M.
AU - Frankenberg A.
AU - Hudak R.
AU - Makropoulos C.
AU - Pappa D.
AU - Pitsilis V.
AU - Tannhauser A.
AU - Trepule E.
AU - Vidalis A.
AU - Volungeviciene A.
PY - 2015
SP - 349
EP - 359
DO - 10.5220/0005451003490359