Informal support

Informal learners adopt a variety of techniques to compensate for the lack of formal support, which can be supported in open courses (Informal learners develop their own forms of study support)

Summary: Informal learners make some use of social networks to support study, but formal learners make use of a wider range of support techniques. This suggests that the learning support techniques in formal education are utilised with OER also, but informal learners tend to consume resources. With MOOCs, experienced learners often make use of social media and their own networks, but these can be intimidating and confusing for inexperienced learners.

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CollegeHigher EducationInformalSchool-K12

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College Higher Educ... Informal School-K12

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CollegeHigher EducationInformalSchool-K12

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  • Do informal learners feel supported?
  • What kind of resources do informal learners use for support?
  • Are informal learners who use OER more self-directed?
  • How important is it to have a community of learners?
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