Thoughts on quality
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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?
Yes I do have a concern on the quality of educational resources developed due to its openess to abuse since the resources can be tampered with. on the other hand I feel that the fact that one can edit the resources provids an opportunity to keep building and improving on the original quality of the resources.
In your opinion, should closed or open authoring approaches be used in the development of learning resources for use in education? Give reasons for your view?
Yes, open authoring approaches should be used in devlopment of learning resources as this provides an opportunity for diverse contributions and understanding on a topic necessary for learning
What mechanisms can be adopted to assure quality of educational content developed in wiki environments? the need to provide guidelines and minimum standards to promote evidence based content
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1. I have both positives and negatives regarding the open authoring approach. On the positive side, it provides an opportunity for experienced people from diverse backgrounds to share information in a widely used platform. On the negative side, my concern is with the seeming ease with which information can be edited. How are such changes authenticated to ensure that the right information is going out to people?
2. I would go with the closed authoring for learning resources for education for the simple reason that the information has to be from verifiable sources and should be testable by the user. An open approach may bring in too many different types of information and may not effectively guide a learner to focus on the core areas of the subject matter. This view could be because I do not know that much about how the authoring is coordinated and monitored and it would be good to have more information to clarify this.
3. Indicating sources of information could be one way of safeguarding quality of the content i.e. one should be able to get links to hard evidence supporting the content provided. -- Mui
(: Hi Mui, thanks for completing assignment for day 2. Enjoy. Brian)