Open content licensing for educators, e-Learning Activity – third Learning reflection

This is my third blog in the open content licensing for educators course ( #OCL4Ed ). There are so many influential people introduced in this course, I thoroughly enjoy watching videos and reading excerpts from industry professionals such as Richard Stallman (GNU free software project), Stephen Downes (National Research Council of Canada), Eben Moglen (Columbia University), Frances Ferreira (Commonwealth of Learning) and many more.

This course provides the most authoritative sources of information, regarding open educational resources and licensing. #OCL4Ed provides enough information for creators to comfortably find a balance between the risks of commercial exploitation and the right to earn a living.

This course has provided succinct explanations of definitions through video, web page text and quizzes; branching together information in a way which I can then further search the web. For example there are in-line text descriptions of speakers who appear in videos and comments and statements are properly referenced at the bottom of each web page. I find a great deal of value in performing additional searches on the web after carrying out the course requirements. This course provides a versatile set of learning resources which I value.

Perhaps the most difficult task with implementing open educational resources is standardising learning objects. I have learned a great deal about licensing options and metadata standards during this course and I believe that the fundamentals exist. Sharing information accurately is paramount.

I have a few questions around the technology used to store and share open educational resources. I believe that users will require resources to be available on all devices and I am curious to find out the level of technology required. Do we create resources in their simplest form to accommodate for students in sub-Saharan Africa? Will the licensing models and metadata standards survive in an environment with limited access to the Internet?

I need to learn more about the delivery mechanisms of open educational resources. I need  to explore the depth and breadth of the digital divide in developing countries and ascertain the impact on open educational resource delivery mechanisms.

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One thought on “Open content licensing for educators, e-Learning Activity – third Learning reflection

  1. Thanks Tim – great reflection and have enjoyed reading how the OCL4Ed delivery model can accommodate different learning styles, preferences and personal interests.

    I share your interests in the variety of technology solutions for: collaborative authoring, version control, design for alternate delivery platforms (LMSs, websites, responsive design for mobiles, print production for learners who don’t have connectivity etc) and the ability for users and educational institutions to apply custom themes / branding of OER resources. The OERu is an interesting demonstrator because we have a range of different LMSs used by our partner institutions, version control is a big challenge and am keen to explore opportunities for different themes and ways of configuring OER learning materials for a variety of contexts. Affordable scalability of technology is also a big issue. Thank goodness for incremental design. Rough consensus and running code hey ;-)

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