Open Education Resources

A few months ago I participated in an open online conference for a week on the topic of open educational resources (OER). This is a very interesting area in education and one that I believe should be considered more in light of the vast array of resources already available and those being produced. My personal belief is that any resource produced for the purpose of education should be made available to others through a Creative Commons licensing. So many people are unaware of what Creative Commons really is and how it works but through this conference I gained a much greater understanding of the value of Creative Commons.  Some of the thoughts I had and inspiration I found throughout the conference are shown below from my tweeting.

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    If you create something, do you want to share it for the benefit of yourself or the benefit of others? #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 18:08:12
  2. Share
    If you have an idea, do you exclusively own that idea? and what if someone has a similar idea? #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 18:10:11
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    “The act of creating is the act of creating freedom, the act of uncreating freedom through ownership is the act of uncreation” #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 18:14:01
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    “Ecology of sharing needs freedom within which to create… without permission from anyone to create” ~Lawrence Lessig #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 18:24:59
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    CC – know the freedoms attached to the content & creative building, freedom to create w/o permission first, w respect to the author #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 18:27:11
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    OER is the means by which education at all levels can be more accessible, more affordable and more efficient. ”

    —Phil Ker #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 19:06:48
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    Am excited by #oeru being mentioned in #OCL4Ed!!!

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 19:14:52
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    Just discovered THiNKaha via #OCL4Ed and it looks like fun and it’s innovative!

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 19:37:51
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    6: Open education resources, including
    open textbooks, are designed to
    improve teaching and learning. #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 19:39:25
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    13: Open means never having to say
    you’re sorry when you remix and
    reuse content because you respect
    the copyright license. #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 19:40:22
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    Loving #opentextbooktweet created on THiNKaha and shared in #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 19:44:33
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    28: Pass on the gifts given to you.
    Leave a legacy. #OCL4Ed

    Tue, Jan 24 2012 19:45:23
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    The distinction between ideas and the expression thereof lies at the heart of copyright. #OCL4Ed

    Thu, Jan 26 2012 22:26:03
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    So when I was a classroom teacher, everything I created was copyright owned by the school and/or the NSW DET? #OCL4Ed

    Thu, Jan 26 2012 22:56:10
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    Do exceptions to copyright also include education? #OCL4Ed

    Thu, Jan 26 2012 23:21:44
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    Creativity always builds on the past. And you are building the past right now. Share now. Shape the future. ”

    —Justin Cone, 2004 #OCL4Ed

    Sun, Jan 29 2012 15:47:00
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    Awesome video shared called Building on the Past – mirrors.creativecommons.or… #OCL4Ed

    Sun, Jan 29 2012 15:53:53
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    Another good video – easy to understand explanation… #OCL4Ed

    Sun, Jan 29 2012 16:00:41
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    Doing the right thing is more important than doing things right. ”

    —Peter Drucker #OCL4Ed

    Sun, Jan 29 2012 16:13:11


Throughout the week the OER university was also mentioned.  Read below what the OER university is all about:

The OER university is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit.  The OER university aims to provide free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognised education institutions. It is rooted in the community service and outreach mission to develop a parallel learning universe to augment and add value to traditional delivery systems in post-secondary education. Through the community service mission of participating institutions we will open pathways for OER learners to earn formal academic credit and pay reduced fees for assessment and credit. (From OER university wiki)

How will you share your resources?  Do you want to be part of an educational ecology that fosters collaboration, sharing and creativity?  I am constrained by the boundaries of institutions I work for but what can you do in your workplace to encourage more open sharing of resources?  Important issues to think on…


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