Talk:OER Handbook/educator/Introduction/Why OER?

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Visual design of this page021:01, 15 June 2008
Why OER? - What did you expect to find here?1821:01, 15 June 2008

Visual design of this page

I recommend we take the last picture out, move it to copyright paradox/dilemma and take the third picture in copyright paradox/dilemma and move it somewhere else.

Sgurell (talk)05:24, 14 June 2008

Why OER? - What did you expect to find here?

Something about meeting the needs/demand where there is a shortage of teachers/lecturers, to save time and streamline the learning curve for trainee teachers and lecturers in preparing for their students, to enable learners to explore the resources in their own learning endeavours, to enable access to leading edge and up-to-date learning resources which may be customised, ..., but perhaps these "reasons" are covered elsewhere?

Ktucker (talk)08:57, 4 June 2008

Some additional reasons are covered in "Advantages/Disadvantages." However, some of the reasons you touch on are not stated in that section, so I've added a paragraph on this page to cover it. Feel free to add or rephrase.

Sgurell (talk)04:32, 5 June 2008

I may come back to this later - but my feeling on first reading this page was "Why OER?" is not about copyright - though copyright (as currently framed) is a significant barrier. The copyright issue should be dealt with elsewhere. You are on the right track with the value proposition paragraph just added.

Remind us to revisit these reasons later (others cross my mind from time 
to time which are alluded to elsewhere - e.g. social construction and
pedagogical innovation).
Ktucker (talk)21:26, 5 June 2008

I have a "To Do" list and I've marked down that we should have a discussion in the future more about other reasons for OER.

Sgurell (talk)18:20, 6 June 2008

Kim, Seth

I've done a bit of reworking on this page taking into account the thoughts and suggestions listed here.

I've shifted the value proposition stuff up as the motivation for OERs, and reworked the copyright stuff a little.

Have also inserted subheadings to improve readability. Hope this helps.

Mackiwg (talk)08:57, 8 June 2008

Looks good Wayne My only concern is the footnote on public domain. Currently all footnotes are under the heading "Links." If we start adding information beyond links, then all of the headings should change.

Sgurell (talk)20:28, 8 June 2008

Yes, it does help :-). The first paragraph is great - a broader "change the world" aim and invitation to join the community :-).

The four "R"s section is in the right place here, ..., though personally, I find the "R"s a little "forced" for mnemonic value - viz. "Use", "Adapt", "Mix" and "Share".

At risk of being too minimalist, here is a possible rewording of the first paragraph incorporating the essence of 4 Rs:

The aim of OER is to improve education
by sharing knowledge and learning resources. 
By joining this international community of educators
you can save time, cut costs and 
contribute to improving the quality of learning around the world.
With OER you are free to use, adapt, 
mix and share the resources, and 
become part of this growing community. 

The value proposition is well placed.

I still think the Copyright and Fair Use sections should be moved to a section dedicated to licensing, and referred to from here. More on that later.

Ktucker (talk)02:40, 11 June 2008