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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reflections on why openess matters, assignment 1 #OCL4Ed

The first sessions on the course OCL4ED is about openess and why it matters. There were just excellent videos by S Downes and D Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on the importance of freedom in education. They both clarified that openess is not just about content, but also about ideas and attitudes and most of all about a sharing culture. I really would like to stress thet everyone going towards open education in one or another direction should listen and reflect on Siemens and Tutos arguments and reflections. One reflection is for example how open is open? Is for example using open content, like OER (open educational resource)really open when you lock them in into LMS with passwords? I feel that this happens all the time at least in Higehr Education.
Tuto also taked about the freedom to share and its importnace for democracy and eveyones freedom to learn and to participate in a democratic society. And as Downes argues the very first step to take part is access, thats why openess matters.
For HE and for edcuationas such of course this is the first step. What I really think I have learned from this first sessiion in the course is that before you evenstart to talk about openess, one should listen to and discuss how openness really matters.
It was also strerssed in the first part of the course about creative commons (cc) and a very short survey was thare for us to fill in, by doing one really had to reflect what openness is and how it matters. But most of all that one has to concider what cc means is the first step and second each of us can make a difference going towards openess in education and society.

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