Useful Resources for 
Technology and Open Learning Communities

A mix of publications and web-sites which provide an insight into the wealth of open learning communities world-wide, as well as the creative uses of technology.
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Publications | Websites


Anzalone, S. (Ed.). Multichannel Learning: Connecting All to Education. Washington, Education Development Center, 1995.

Anzalone, S., Sutaria, M., Desroches, R. and Visser, J. Multi-channel learning: A note on work in progress. In Stewart, D. (Ed), One world many voices: Quality in open and distance learning. Milton Keynes, The Open University, 1995.

Black, K. Kid Vid - Fundamentals of Video Instruction. Tucson, Zephyr Press, 1989.

Botkin, J.W., Elmandjra, M., and Malitza, M. No Limits to Learning - Bridging the Human Gap. Oxford, Pergamon Press Ltd, 1979.

Brand and Stewart. The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at M.I.T. New York, Penguin Books, 1984.

Burnett, R. Cultures of Vision: Images, Media & the Imaginary. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1995.

Brook, J. and Boal, I.A., (Ed.). Resisting the Virtual Life - The Culture and Politics of Information. San Francisco, City Lights Books, 1991.

Brush, S. and Stabinsky, D. Valuing Local Knowledge, Indigenous People, and Intellectual Property Rights. Island Press, 1995.

Capra, F. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems. New York, Anchor Books, 1996.

Cetron, M. and Davies, O. Probable Tomorrows - How Science and Technology will Transform our Lives in the Next Twenty Years. New York, St Martin's Press, 1997.

Craig, G. and Mayo, M. Community Empowerment: A Reader in Participation and Development. London, Zed Books, 1995.

Collis, B., Nikolova, I. and Martcheva, K. Information technologies in teacher education. Issue and experiences of countries in transition. Paris, UNESCO. 1995

Dede, Chris. 1995, October 12. Testimony to the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Science and Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities. Joint Hearing on Educational Technology in the 21st Century. Washington DC: George Mason University

D'Orville, H. Technology Revolution Study: Communications and Knowledge-Based Technologies for Sustainable Human Development. New York, United Nations Development Programme. 1996.

Fullan, M. 1993. Change Forces: Probing the Depths of Educational Reform. Bristol, PA: The Falmer Press.

Gardner, H. Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice. New York, Basic Books, 1993.

Goleman, D. Emotional Intelligence. New York, Bantam Books, 1995.

Greenfield, P. M. Mind and Media - The Effects of Television, Video Games and Computers. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1984.

Hiemstra, R. (Ed.) Creating Environments for Effective Adult Learning. San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 1991.

ITU and UNESCO. The Right to Communicate ­ At What Price? Economic Constraints to the Effective Use of Telecommunications in Education, Science, Culture and in the Circulation of Information, Paris, May, 1995.

Land, S. and Hannafin, M. A Conceptual Framework for the Development of Theories in Action with Open-Ended Learning Environments. Educational Technology Research and Development. Volume 44, Number 3, 1996.

Lawler, R. 1997. Learning With Computers. Intellect Books. Exeter, England.

Levinger, B. Critical Transitions: Human Capacity Development Across the Lifespan. Newton, Education Development Center, 1996.

Longworth, N. and Davies, W.K. Lifelong learning: New vision, new implications, new roles for people, organisations, nation and communities in the 21st century. London, UK, Kogan Page 1996.

Marcus, G.E. (Ed) Connected: Engagements with media. Chicago, Chicago University Press, 1996.

Marquardt, M. and Reynolds, A. The Global Learning Organization: Gaining Competitive Advantage through Continuous Learning. Burr Ridge Illinois, Irwin, 1994.

Marshall, S. Creating Sustainable Learning Communities for the Twenty-First Century. in Hesselbein, F. The Organization of the Future. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 1997.

Mason, R. Using communications media in open and flexible learning. London, Kogan Page. 1996.

Minsky, M. The Society of Mind. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1987.

Miranker, C. and Elliott, A. The Computer Museum Guide to the Best Software for Kids. New York, Harper Collins, 1995.

Moore, M.G. and Kearsley, G. Distance Education - A Systems View.Belmont, Wadsworth, 1996.

Negroponte, N. Being Digital. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1995

Nostbakken, D. and Akhtar, S. Does the Highway Go South? - Southern Perspectives on the Information Highway (Report of an International Institute of Communications Pre-Conference Symposium on Southern Country Interests, Tampere, Finland, September 3-4, 1994). Ottawa, IDRC, 1995.

Papert, S. The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer. New York, Basic Books, 1993.

Papert, S The connected family: Bridging the digital generation gap. Atlanta, Longstreet Press, 1996.

Parer, M.S. Unlocking Open Learning. Churchill, Centre for Distance Learning, 1994.

Perkins, D. Smart Schools - Better Thinking and Learning for Every child. New York, Free Press, 1995.

Postman, N. Technopoly - The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

Potashnik, M., Gonzales, M., Mayville, and Adkins, D., Education and Technology Series, Volume 1, Nos 1-3, World Bank Human Development Department, 1996.

Rheingold, H. The Virtual Community. Ottawa, Addison-Wesley,1993.

Richardson, J. Teaching, Learning, Information: Towards an Open Socratic School , Luxembourg, 1997 (Background paper for the European Commission Workshop, Luxembourg, February 24-25, 1997).

Schoenhoff, D. The Barefoot Expert: The Interface of Computerized Knowledge Systems and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Greenwood Press.1993

Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. New York, Currency Doubleday. 1990.

Senge, P. et al. The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building A Learning Organization. New York, Currency Doubleday. 1994.

UNESCO. Information and Communication Technologies in Development: A UNESCO Perspective. Working Document CII-96-WS/6. Paris, UNESCO. 1996.

Visser J. and Jain, M. Towards Open Learning Communities: Recontextualizing Teachers and Learners. in Passey, D. and Samways, B. (Eds.) Information Technology: Supporting Change through Teacher Education. IFIP Joint Working Conference Proceedings, London, Chapman and Hall, 1997.

Willis, B. (Ed.). Distance Education: Strategies and Tools. Englewood Cliffs, Educational Technology Publications, 1994.


Women on the Net -
A multicultural perspective on international communication systems, to promote discussion on gender identity and the way it is being shaped by the cyberworld.

Electricminds -
Electric Minds brings together information and discussions on technology and its effects on our lives, communities and future.

Electronic School, the award-winning quarterly technology magazine for K-12 school leaders. Electronic School chronicles technological change in the classroom, interprets education issues in a digital world, and offers readers -- some 80,000 school board members, school administrators, school technology specialists, and other educators -- practical advice on a broad range of topics pertinent to the implementation of technology in elementary and secondary schools throughout North America.

Nicenet -
Nicenet is a volunteer organization of Internet professionals who give their time to provide services to the Internet community.

Microsoft -
Microsoft, use of computers in schools, etc.

Summer Institute of Linguistics -
SIL activities and information (literacy and indigenous knowledge).

Institute for Learning Sciences -
Resource website. Role of technologies in education, reform and discussions.

EduCom -
A non-profit consortium of higher education institutions that facilitates the transformation of education through information technology.

Commonwealth of Learning -
Site with documentation, resources, information on learning and distance education.

Center for Media Education -
Issues related to media in education.

Center for Democracy and Technology -
Issues surrounding democracy in the technological age.

Teachers Web Pages -
Resources and information for teachers.

TechWeb Technology Encyclopedia -
Teaching and technology.

International Institute for Sustainable Development -
Issues of development, environment and North/South co-operation.

Learning Without Frontiers -
Resources and discussions around new paradigms for learning, in and outside the school, home and community. Role of technology in the learning process.

The North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium -
Helps schools integrate technology into their classrooms manage change.

IDRC (International Development Research Centre) -
Information on IDRC's work in education and development.

Education Development Center, Center for Children and Technology -
Children's interaction with technology.

Education Development Center -
Resources and information for teachers and actors in education.

21st Century Learning Initiative -
Current thinking in education.

International University Consortium - gopher://
Membership organization, offers media-assisted course package for distance education and open learning programmes.

International Literacy Institute -
Issues of literacy and technology.

Institute for Learning Technologies -
The ILT works to advance the role of computers and other information technologies in education and society.

The Electric Learning Web -
Includes LEARNTOPIA, a cyberspatial learning community under development.

The Association For Community Networking -
A new group in the United States which helps communities make choices on the appropriate use of information technology.

Telecommunities Canada - ­­
Has been holding annual conferences since 1993 and is planning an international conference on community networks in 1998.

University of Michigan -
Big Sky Telegraph in Montana -
Center for Civic Networking -
Clearing houses on information related to community networking.

Apple Library of Tomorrow -
U.S. Department of Commerce -
The Corporation For Public Broadcasting -
Information on community network projects.

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