This is a blog as part of my assignment in my certification program in emerging technologies for learning from the University of Manitoba. The course is on Open Education Recourses. Our major assignment is to aggregate our individual resources. To that end I have created a Diigo site and have also left it open to others to join and add to.
Here is the site OERUofM
The Cape Town and Budapest declarations (funded by George Soros, which says it all! )are two initiatives that are allowing people to state their agreement with the principle of openly sharing resources.
Did you sign either of the initiatives? Why or why not? Were there any parts of either declaration that you questioned? Is there any point to these declarations?
In a global, flat society it is hard for me to disagree with the following from the Cape Town Declaration. It contains all the buzz words I personally accept- Global free internet resources for education, new pedagogy. Networking. Collaboration. “The power is in your network.”
“We are on the cusp of a global revolution in teaching and learning. Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use. These educators are creating a world where each and every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge. They are also planting the seeds of a new pedagogy where educators and learners create, shape and evolve knowledge together, deepening their skills and understanding as they go.
The expanding global collection of open educational resources has created fertile ground for this effort. These resources include openly licensed course materials, lesson plans, textbooks, games, software and other materials that support teaching and learning. They contribute to making education more accessible, especially where money for learning materials is scarce. They also nourish the kind of participatory culture of learning, creating, sharing and cooperation that rapidly changing knowledge societies need.
However, open education is not limited to just open educational resources. It also draws upon open technologies that facilitate collaborative, flexible learning and the open sharing of teaching practices that empower educators to benefit from the best ideas of their colleagues. It may also grow to include new approaches to assessment, accreditation and collaborative learning. Understanding and embracing innovations like these is critical to the long term vision of this movement.”
As a strong believer in democracy and free enterprise and profit to pay the bills it is hardfor me accept the logic below.
“Open educational resources: We call on educators, authors, publishers and institutions to release theirresources openly. These open educational resources should be freely shared
through open licences which facilitate use, revision, translation, improvement and sharing by anyone. Resources should be published in formats that facilitate both use and editing, and that accommodate a diversity of technical platforms. Whenever possible, they should also be available in formats that are accessible to people with disabilities and people who do not yet have access to the Internet.
Open education policy: Governments, school boards, colleges and universities should make open education a high priority. Ideally, taxpayer-funded educational resources should be open educational resources. Accreditation and adoption processes should give preference to open educational resources. Educational resource repositories should actively include and highlight open educational resources within their collections.”
1. I have given away materials with a Creative Commons license: Create a Communication Buzz and Create a Safety Buzz http://www.change-leadershipllc.com/e-publications.html
2. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the textbook publishing industry employ editors, designers , distributors right down to the sales floor. Indirectly, the industry employees
distributors, from knowledge workers to physical workers. Make no mistake about it, the OEC movement is a jobs killer.
3. I fully support networked, collaborative sharing of information, ideas, products and services. And I support the voluntary sharing of such.
4. Let the best of the status quo co-exisit- the network, collaborative mindsed and free enterprize.