In this subunit, we:
    • Postulate that in a digital world, where the cost of replicating knowledge is near zero, we can widen access to learning for all using the open web and open content licensing.
    • Consider the relationships between digital freedom and education.
    • Reflect on the shortcomings of copyright as a mechanism to regulate the ownership of ideas in a digital world and the necessity to align our educational practices with our core values in fostering an ecology of creativity in education.
    • Provide a framework for defining OER according to three interrelated dimensions:
        • Educational Values: OER should be freely available;
        • Pedagogical Utility: ensuring OER embeds the permissions of the 4Rs – reuse, revise, remix and redistribute; and
        • Technology Enablers: specifying that OER should consider access to the technical tools required for editing and that OER should be meaningfully editable to facilitate the 4R activities.
    • Considered the implications of OER for learning in a digital age with a focus on solving real-world problems.


This activity is based on #Open Textbook Tweet, a short publication containing microblog contributions from educators, administrators, and learners reflecting on the phenomenon of open education resources and open textbooks.

  1. Download a copy of the book #Open Textbook TweetPDF down.png (859 KB), which is available under an open content license.
  2. Scan the text reading selected “tweets” as you page through the text. Write down the entry numbers of those you particularly like.
  3. From your shortlist of selected tweets, pick your favorite.
  4. Re-publish your favorite tweet (retweet) by posting a verbatim copy as a discussion forum post.

    Include the corresponding entry number of the tweet from the book in your post, for example: 112: There is a great future for OER. We need to embrace the concept that education is a fundamental right for all. Alternatively, be creative and post your own “tweet.”

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