To share or not to share: an insight into an academic community of practice.


  • Aisling Maura Dundon University of Limerick
  • Chris Exton University of Limerick
  • Yvonne Diggins University of Limerick


Communities of Practice, repositories, learning objects, learning resources, rewards for academics, OER, motivational factors of academics.


The concept of an open repository of learning resources provides many benefits in theory to the academic community, however, the acceptance and willingness to actively contribute in practice proves to be slow. This study examines the use and perception of a national open repository of teaching and learning resources, namely the National Digital Learning Resources service, amongst a computer science academic community of practice spread over twenty-one higher education institutions. The methodology chosen for this study used both a qualitative and quantitative approach including an online questionnaire and individual unstructured interview sessions. The aims of this study were twofold; to uncover any reservations and concerns felt within the academic community in Ireland, towards contributing resources to an open repository; and to note what incentives would encourage them to participate and contribute to the repository.

Author Biography

Aisling Maura Dundon, University of Limerick

Aisling is based in the Centre for Teaching and Learning in the University of Limerick and works with the National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR) service team.
The NDLR is a higher education sectoral service, funded by the Higher Education Authority, that enables the sharing and supports collaboration about the good practice use of digital learning content and associated teaching experience across all HEA funded higher education Institutions in Ireland.






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