Presenter: Steve Wheeler
The use of personal technologies and social media is burgeoning across all sectors of education and training, resulting in a growing body of openly available user generated content. Learners are creating, organising, sharing and repurposing this content in a number of new and creative ways. Teachers are also increasingly engaged in the creation, repurposing, filtering, curation and delivery of digital content. This raises many questions: How do we make sense of all this content? How do we evaluate its quality? How will copyright and intellectual property need to change to adapt to the demands of learning and teaching in a digital age?
There are other issues too: In an age where economic uncertainty and human need is increasingly evident, it seems perverse to hoard knowledge in any form, and yet academic publishers and 'edubusinesses' continue to make huge profits from the academic community. In this presentation I will argue that the future lies not in the commoditisation of knowledge, but in openness. I will discuss recently emerging open approaches to education including:
• Open Educational Resources (OER)
• Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
• Open Content
• Open Scholarship
• Creative Commons and other forms of open licensing
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