Posted by: MandyS | April 20, 2013

Open Educational Resources

Block 2, Week 10b, Activity 6

Open educational resources are the means by which content and material produced by individuals and educational institutions can be shared via the internet. The best example for me is the OU’s OpenLearn, which provides online materials from various modules that prospective (or not so prospective) students can ‘try before they buy’ so to speak.

The nature of these resources is that they are free, based on the concept of extending learning to everyone and anyone who might want to avail themselves. The aim of the Paris Declaration is to promote the usefulness of OER so as to achieve ‘greater buy-in’ from governments for open licensing, with the ultimate aim of ‘improving access, affordability and quality of education worldwide’.

Of course one issue of all this open material is copyright so I was intrigued to find out about Creative Commons. I had never heard of it but basically it is a means by which people can share their creativity without the users being liable to infringing copyright. Instead of ‘all rights reserved’ it is ‘a some rights reserved approach’.

So OER is the way forward but Martin Weller suggests that a new battle is forming, namely ‘inter-fighting’ between open resource developers. I suppose this is only to be expected. With the introduction of any new technology there comes the battle for market dominance, and I don’t see OER being any less immune to such battles.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

lawyerineducation

Putting the MAODE into practice

Public Law for Everyone

Professor Mark Elliott

Paul Maharg

legal education :: technology :: rhetoric :: legal theory

The Ed Techie » The Ed Techie

My Journey through MAODE

Legal Verdict

Legal Commentary from The Open University Law School

%d bloggers like this: