Publishing and sharing in a connected world. #oped12

First some arguments for not sharing educational materials:

  • Information is valuable. Handing my lessons and materials out for free would not be smart, I could make money with it.
  • People use my material and one never sees anything in return.
  • I have invented and developed the material. It took me a lot of effort, and I want something in return. Be it recognition, praise, or money.
  • And if you just put your stuff on the web then you never see a single reaction.
  • In my opinion people get lazy because of all this cutting and pasting. They should work for themselves to work and engage in making lessons.
  • Why should I bother to put my lessons on the internet? That’s too much work.

Sharing your work is not just push the publish button of  your blog, or of an educational database program. It is more.
You must take care to give your work “accessibility” — meaning information can be accessed at no direct cost to the user. Despite accessibility, the information often remains inaccessible in any functional sense — they can’t apply it, understand it competently, or put it into context. The information is accessible, but the person has no access to its real value.  KENT ANDERSON.
Development of new course content is both expensive and time consuming and open content can help educational organizations to deal with these problems by offering free-to-use educational resources.[Hatakka]

In an ideal learning ecology, learning (and teaching) should be focused on the learners’ needs, NOT just what the teachers want to teach. suifaijohnmak. The One teacher never attracts all students attention, never explains the stuff clearly to all students, never stimulates thinking all his students with his own home-made educational materials. Teach different students with alternative learning resources from other teachers.

Teachers know that teaching a subject is the best way to learn it. So is sharing, it is not (only) a contribution to the learning of others as well a strategy for better learning of the person sharing his teaching.

In India  increasing the country’s student population from 12 million to over 30 million,  makes open access and open education a necessity. Because that will need more teaching staff than is possible.

OER  may enhance the quality of teaching: “…  As students progress through their course they should become more confident at finding and evaluating sources, and thus move away from a reliance on the limited range of materials directly provided by their tutors. To encourage this transition there may be value in tutors facilitating and validating the sharing of online resources discovered by students. This could enhance the development of research skills and help to sustain a healthy flow of material. Discussion of the relative values of online resources discovered by tutors or students could become a useful part of the learning process. The value of reusing highereducation.pdf [Oxford Univ. Report]  … “More interesting statements in the report. Also:

A list of free educational materials

Image: Open Share Icon


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