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    Applications of transmedia practices and open educational resources in higher education

    Herrero, Carmen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1392-4224 (2022) Applications of transmedia practices and open educational resources in higher education. In: Visual Literacy and Digital Communication: the role of media in new educational practices. Interlingua, 312 . Comares, pp. 43-60. ISBN 9788413694245

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    This chapter presents the preliminary results of the research project Transmedia Practices: Open Educational Resources for Students by Students carried out at Manchester Metropolitan University. The aim of this study was twofold. First, this project set out to analyse language student preferences and uses of social media networks, digital tools and video games, as well as their knowledge of transmedia and open educational resources. The main instrument use for data gathering was a questionnaire that also helped to identify the students’ training needs. The second aim was to test if the creation of Open Education Resources (OER) by students could reduce the digital dissonance between informal and formal digital learning. During the project a set of digital artefacts were created by transmedia experts, PhD students, language tutors and the researcher to support the training needs of the students. In the second part of this intervention language learners were encouraged to create digital artifacts based on their assignments and shared them publicly under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. The finding suggests that OER are a very effective tool for developing learners’ digital and transmedia skills and are particularly useful for supporting peer-learning.

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