Horizon Report 2014 K-12 Edition – Free and open education for all

The further I read into the report, the more I was convinced it was one of the best reports ever, and when I recommend current research to new teachers, I recommend and will continue to recommend this report.  I have had an interest in Open Education Resources (OER) for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed doing an OER Workshop on WikiEducator a while back as well, it was very informative and valuable.  When I decided to become a teacher, it was so that I could help provide opportunities for others that they might not otherwise have, and OER can facilitate that more than any other type of learning resources I feel.  Education should not become a money-making enterprise (despite the need for money to efficiently run etc) but should facilitate growth in collaboration and sharing across networks of educators.  When I see teachers selling their resources online it gets to me, why do they feel the need to sell their resources and not share?

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The report highlights that “the goal is that OER materials are freely copiable, freely remixable, and free of barriers to access, cultural sensitivities, sharing, and educational use” (p. 10).  Creative Commons is so new still but it is a great start to ensuring the culture of sharing resources is increased.  Only a mid-range trend, meaning it will become more prevalent within classrooms in approximately 3-5 years.  The thing is, and this is evident even within my own teaching context, that teachers hold very tight to their work and things they create.  However, isn’t any resources we create whilst in another’s employ, owned by that employer and therefore subject to the copyright restrictions of that organisation? Policies, it will all come down to policies but also the education of educators in what OER is and how it can benefit others in the future.

For great projects being conducted in this field, check out oercommons.org

From oercommons.org 2007 - 2014, OER Commons, a project created by ISKME. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

From oercommons.org 2007 – 2014, OER Commons, a project created by ISKME. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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