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|Closed Vs Open Authoring Approaches||12||16:56, 22 July 2008|
|Mechanisms to Assure Quality||4||16:54, 22 July 2008|
|Open Authority||0||16:53, 22 July 2008|
|Quality Issues||3||16:48, 22 July 2008|
In our opinion, should course development for education use closed or open authoring approaches? Give reasons for your view.
I think with the advent of collaborative authoring tools such as wikis, course development for education should use open authoring approaches since this approach draws on the expertise and experience of many instead of the views and ideas of a few. The probability of improved quality is greatly increased. Efraser 09:21, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
In my opinion, the open approach does have a place in the scheme of educational things. However, subsequent to all the expression of ideas, there must be sone governing body that would standadize and authenticate the content, before use by the general teaching public. This will minimize the publishing of incorrect and untimely information. All this is based on the notion that the closed approach will constitute these checks and balances.````
The use of the open authoring approach will give more flexibilty. You would be able to tap in to human resources that may not otherwise be available due to other constraints.Nickilezama 16:46, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
To my mind, the open authoring approach is the way that course development for education should be heading. Technology has put so much at our disposal - resources, opportunities for collaboration, methods for design and delivery. It would be remiss of us as educators, not to take advantage of it. Of course, there needs to be the necessary checks and balances. Prof.celestine.bahse 16:55, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
I believe that sharing information is ideally important, especially in this information era, so in that sense, I see the great potential uses of open authoring approaches, however the question would still remain, who has the better judgement or rather accuracy on the information provided? And at times the true accuracy of such, thus I believe that a little more control may be needed.````
I believe that an open approach has many benefits, as it allows senior teachers from all across the nation to share their expertise with the less experienced ones. It also provides a forum for teachers to share new ideas and communicate with their peers through a well structured and professional medium. However the role of the gate keeper must be properly enforced to reduce cases of sabotage and misinformation.M.blackwell 16:51, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
The primary concern I have is whether the information posted is from an authentic, reliable source and not from someone wanting to play pranks. Although I do like the idea of experts in the field being able to critique your work and suggest what changes could be made to better the final product Rosanna 16:52, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
Open Authoring will clearly have great advantages in that we would be creating a pool of regionally appropriate information, something that is rare...it is not often that we are able to access information relavant to our Caribbean situation..most lesson plans or information available is patterned from our First World Counterparts. It is refreshing as such to see such a system being put in place. However it is important that we separate the input from the various sources, so as to determine and to separate good, viable information from erroneous ones. We Want to have Gowth that will facilitate Development and so quality must always take precedence over Quantity when it comes to a system such as this.S.msingh
I agree that the open approach will stimulate and motivate educators to raise our standard of delivery. An open approach would also encourage collaboration and help to keep us all au courant. But I think too that there ought to be some management of material in order to keep information organised and accurate.CarlaMcknz 16:54, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
What mechanisms can be adapted to assure quality of educational content developed on Wiki environments?
To insure quality, it is important to communicate with the author/s when a reply is given, using any means possible, for example e-mail, telephone etc.so that the changes can be known and accomodated. Ylewis 16:48, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
There is already a gatekeeper to keep track of edits, since this is an educational site, educators will be hopefully more responsible in their authoring and there will be no need for stringint mechanism to ensure quality educational content. Wendy Kathleen 16:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps we could have an administrator in each subject area that would check the academic content and make suggestions on each page.Nickilezama 16:50, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
The idea of the gatekeeper is the best one that comes to mind. As professional educators, there should be a sense of integrity and responsibility with respec to works posted and collaborative efforts. Prof.celestine.bahse 16:54, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
Open Authority is the way of the future. It will benefit a whole host of persons across the globe. It will allow for the development of those who may be less experienced and allow them to share concerns.This technological world has already become one global village, we are no longer separated thanks to globalisation and this is just another step in the right direction.
Do you have any concerns about the quality of educational resources developed using an open authoring approach? If so, what are your conerns? If not, how does an open authoring approach contribute to high quality learning materials?
My concerns about the Open Authoring Approach to educational content centers around the concept of 'being in a perpetual state of development'. That is to say that many many hours of dedicated work can become null and void as soon as the content is updated/changed. Therefore, this can have a demotivating effect on content development.````
My problem is that a creator may develop what they believe is a valid proposition or concept, however, someone else will not see it as important and reengineer the concept and the reason the discussion the concept was developed for will be lost and the reengineered concept will be in the forefront.
the original creators mission will not be realised.
Wendy Kathleen 16:46, 22 July 2008 (UTC)