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.
- Download a copy of the book #Open Textbook Tweet (859 KB), which is available under an open content license.
- Scan the text reading selected “tweets” as you page through the text. Write down the entry numbers of those you particularly like.
- From your shortlist of selected tweets, pick your favorite.
- 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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