Open Educational Content/Top10Reasons

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Top 10 Reasons to Use Open Educational Content (DRAFT)

(Note: this will develop out of my conversations with my peers in my Master's program, regarding a possible Master's Project Topic on Educational Content Use (--Randy Fisher 20:48, 15 November 2007 (CET))

  • You can't take it with you (mortality)
    • as people get older, they evolve in their thinking and behaviour
  • Knowledge is a sustainable resource - "Knowledge will not suffer the tragedy of the Commons"
  • No single person can dominate the world (greed)
  • Collaborative authoring saves time and money - and distributes the risk
  • The opportunity to truly bridge distance, cultures and communities
    • Strengthens positive social patterns and human interaction
  • It's about 'values' ~ believing in:
    • Access to AND learning - as a fundamental human right
    • open source values
  • ...can stand side-by-side with monetization of learning content - even create case for value-added services
  • Some things in life should still be free (today i found out that the Arial font is proprietary!...hard to believe)
  • Learning materials can be 'frozen' and copied off the wiki at any point in time.
  • Open content authoring can help institutions decrease the cost of producing materials - future competitive advantage will come from increasing learner support resources / systems and quality
  • Content is NOT tied to one particular device - it can be used by anyone across any platform.

More to come...