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Please read What is a wiki? and answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have any concerns about the quality of educational resources developed using an open authoring approach? If so, what are your concerns? If not, how does an open authoring approach contribute to high quality learning materials?
  2. In your opinion, should course development for education use closed or open authoring approaches? Give reasons for your view?
  3. What mechanisms can be adopted to assure quality of educational content developed in Wiki environments?
  1. I do not have concerns about the quality of resources that are developed. I think that we all need to be critical of resources, no matter where they are developed. Also, I believe that Wiki, and open authoring, are the future of education, so we may as well figure out what to do with them. I believe that open authoring is a fantastic resource. It's a worn out saying, but two heads are better than one.
  2. I think that course development materials should use open authoring approaches. That way the end product will be much improved.
  3. I think that logging on and taking responsibility for edits is a way to safeguard the integrity of materials developed in an open authoring format. Brian Fahey

Course development should use open authoring approach. It gives equal rights for every individual to contribute towards the construction of knowledge. Nonetheless, students need to be educated on how to select and evaluate appropriate information developed by this approach. --Yoon 03:25, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

I believe that wikis can make a great contribution to education,but I do not have sufficient experience with them to determine the anwer to accessibility questions. I believe that intellectual property rights are in place to protect the interests of those who wish to earn a living by what they produce so I do not worry about open authoring at all. The conditions in countries differ so a one size fits all may not be the answer. Let educators choose their path. I am all for sharing. On the issue of quality I quite agree that creators as well as users need to acknowledge their respnsibility to verify all material they produce and use. Luckily all edited versions of the wiki are saved.--Allison Sarjeant 07:59, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

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