COLEARN – Collaborative Open Learning Community – is an open research network focused on technologies for collaborative learning, which was founded in 2006 during the OpenLearn Project (The Open University – UK) with 180 members.
Currently, there are more than 2.500 members who have been using LabSpace (http://labspace.open.ac.uk/), an open virtual learning environment based on Moodle. Since October 2011 two hundred Colearn participants started to use the OpenScout Tool library, a Social Network platform based on the Elgg framework (http://elgg.org/). The OpenScout European project stands for “Skill based scouting of open user-generated and community-improved content for management education and training”. As part of this project, the OpenScout tool library has been implemented as a social network of people that (re)use and adapt OER .
The OpenScout tool library aims at bringing together these people and enables them to share their experiences and best practices in (re)using and adapting learning resources. In addition, it aims at supporting case studies and learning scenarios, provided by different backgrounds and stages of the lifecycle of learning resources, including adaptation, collaboration and communication tools, in a perfect articulation with the OER principles of use, re-use and sharing contents, including multilingual access.