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Open educational resources in support of science learning: Tools for inquiry and observation
Scanlon, Eileen

PublishedAugust 2012
JournalDistance Education
Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages 221 - 236

ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the potential of free tools, particularly inquiry tools for influencing participation in twenty-first-century learning in science, as well as influencing the development of communities around tools. Two examples are presented: one on the development of an open source tool for structured inquiry learning that can bridge the formal/informal spaces for inquiry learning. This is contrasted with an example of the use of free tools and community development for observation of scientific phenomena supported by open educational resources (OER) with a citizen science perspective. The article provides an assessment of how the availability of the resources has a potential for shaping the communities using OER for science learning and a discussion of the means of supporting inquiry.

Keywords inquiry learning · Open Educational Resources · participation · Science

ISSN1475-0198
RefereedYes
RightsThis article is NOT openly licensed.
DOI10.1080/01587919.2012.692053
Other informationDistance Education
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