Group Three: Open Access Wiki Notes

70591583_f319cb6b93_t.jpg Access to high-quality education for all, and the role of open content in providing such access.
If high-quality education is to be available for all, it must be affordable and easy to access. One practice that can support this is the use of open content. Open content is any material that is licensed in such a way as to facilitate its reproduction and use. In education, open content offers alternatives to expensive textbooks and enables collaborative construction of learning materials. Open content resources can be accessed freely and can often be updated or edited by the user community, ensuring that the resources remain current as new information is found.

Please consider any five of the following questions as you explore the theme of open content and its role in access to education for all:

1. Who are the producers of the content? Who maintains content once it is produced?

Not just the traditional authors. How about harnessing the work of students?

Should this university be involved with the creation of learning content at all (as opposed to research)?

Or if an interaction is captured somehow, is it content?

2. What are the implications for traditional academic practices like admissions, outreach, skills assessment, and so on?

Open scholarship is not just about sharing, but opening up to criticism

3. What else is needed to support access to education for all besides content?

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4. How can success be measured?

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5. What are the unique implications for the K-12 level? the postsecondary level? for lifelong or independent learners?

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6. What are the policy implications?

Ultimately, does the author have the right to decide how the content is distributed?

7. What are some promising examples? (please list URLs if possible)

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8. What are some of the roadblocks?

How can it be "free content" when it requires others to bear the cost of a computer, and bandwidth.
Relationships to publishers are problematic, especially when copyright is signed over to them. In what cases do publishers add value (or do things that institutions do not have the capacity to do)?

Action Steps

List the top three to five action steps that could be taken right now towards implementing this idea. Which people or organization(s) might be able to take each action?

1. Perhaps the employment of a "freemium" model? Raising funding to sustain the content via the interactions around the content, or the accreditation.
2. Aggressively position university as a creator of public resources as part of its mission.
3. Challenge the bias that reuse of others content is an inferior form of production. A positive valuation of reuse and remix. Embrace the "global mashup" - and stress the financial advantages of reuse (ie open textbooks).