Understanding the Open Sharing Learning Environment Online and Local Starts

  • Shalin Hai-Jew


Those interested in possibly contributing open-shared digital learning contents would do well to acquire a sense of the sharing ecosystem and of their distinct possible roles in that space. This chapter introduces the topic of open-shared learning online as a phenomenon with roots going back several decades. This chapter takes the learner through an environmental scan of the open-shared learning space and some methods to identify what the reader may contribute to this space—by evaluating his/her/their organizational context, skill set, interest in contributing, and other related factors.


Environmental scan Internal organizational scan Subject domain Open sharing Online learning resource ecosystem Open sharing Learning object Learning sequence Learning resource 


Key Terms and Definitions


A self-less care for others

Authorizing document

An official document that authorizes particular work to be done, such as for an instructional design project

B Corp

Corporations that make commitments to enable prosocial and pro-environmental impacts


The act of going to people who are active in online communities and spaces to acquire information, resources, work, and other goods

Electronic textbook

An electronic textbook, often created with multimodal features

Environmental scan

A fast exploration of a particular context, often to understand opportunities and threats


The size of an item, ranging from fine to coarse granularity

Internal scan

An evaluation of an in-organization environment to understand particular features


The feature of an object (such as a digital learning one) being able to be used by large numbers of people without being diminished or materially limited

Open access

Able to be accessed/experienced/read without cost or other common barriers

Open educational resources (OER)

Openly available learning contents, often released to extended use through licensure

Open shared

Resources made available to the broad public often via the web and internet and through generous licensure releases and often with the fewest barriers as possible (no or low paywalls, no or few proprietary technologies required, no membership requirements, and so on)

Open source

A software program with its underlying code publicly available

Personal best

The optimal achievement for any individual, which is often higher than the individual may assume


The ability to use an object or sequence in a different context

Sharing creator’s remorse

A sense of regret for expending time, talent, and treasure in creating open-shared learning resources publicly and for free

Topic-based sampler

A collection of open-shared and proprietary online learning objects based on a particular subject matter


Act of including part of an electronic document via hypertext


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shalin Hai-Jew
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  1. 1.Information Technology Services (ITS)Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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