Evidence of cross-boundary use and reuse of digital educational resources

Rob Koper, Riina H. Vuorikari

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    In this study we conducted an investigation on the server-end log-files of teachers’ Collections of educational resources in a number of content platforms. Our goal was to find empirical evidence from the field that teachers use and reuse learning resources that are in a language other than their mother tongue and originate from different countries than they do. We call these cross-boundary learning resources. We compared the cross-boundary reuse of educational resources to the general reuse figure of 20%, and find that it was either equal to or less than the general reuse. We further studied the coverage, the overlap and the pick-up rate of these resources, and propose steps that could improve the probability of discovery, use and reuse of cross-boundary resources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-56
    JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


    • Social information retrieval forlearning resources
    • reuse
    • cross-boundary
    • learning objects
    • metadata
    • digital educational objects


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