Group Two: Open Access Wiki Notes

2603256287_e9f68bbaef_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?

  • There is a strong need to share. Content is already been created, but not shared.
  • How do we tell that a content is good? Who's able to assess the quality of a specific given/found content?
  • Localization of content
  • Anyone produces. Procedure should be: subject coordinator acts as a curator or own or found content.

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

  • How do we deal with accreditation without creating two layers of credited people: open-access system people, traditional credit system people

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

  • Cannot forget about the process. Education is not only information delivery, but also the process/methodology how this information is delivered.
  • Technology, standards, literacy, media information, etc.
  • Accessibility, usability

4. How can success be measured?

  • Scale will somehow be also a measure of success. Cool pilot projects are OK, but mass education delivery is a must

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

Discussion Notes...

6. What are the policy implications?

  • Have to untie online learning from ex-ante assumptions: technology intensive/led, necessary a constructivist approach
  • Danger with patronizing or having a colonial aspect re culture and approaches and points of view

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

8. What are some of the roadblocks?

  • Have to distinguish between sustainability, affordability and commercial aim

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. Not two layers of accreditation. Accreditation must be open, the process must be shared between institutions. Peer-to-peer cross-institution system assessment of methodologies and educational systems. Separate delivery from assessment. Delivery can be performed by a centre and assessment by another one
2. Enabling sharing: foster and atmosphere/culture/policies of sharing.
3. Sufficient technical infrastructure: from basic infrastructure (hard, soft, connectivity) to finding-getting-using (e.g. knowledge on licenses, assessing the quality of open content, etc.)
4. Sufficient skills: ensure students have the skills to engage in learning/training.