What is Open Content?


The movement toward open content reflects a growing shift in the way scholars in many parts of the world are conceptualizing education to a view that is more about the process of learning than the information conveyed. Information is everywhere; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Open content uses Creative Commons and other forms of alternative licensing to encourage not only the sharing of information, but the sharing of pedagogies and experiences as well. Part of the appeal of open content is that it is a response to both the rising costs of traditionally published resources and the lack of educational resources in some regions. As this open, customizable content — and insights about how to teach and learn with it — is increasingly made available for free over the Internet, people are learning not only the material, but also the skills related to finding, evaluating, interpreting, and repurposing the resources. Recent data from Edcetera indicate that open educational resources make up three quarters of the content in most MOOCs; paid content, such as required textbooks, is less than 10%. These data reflect a notable transformation in the culture surrounding open content that will continue to impact how we think about content production, sharing, and learning.


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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Open Content is used in much of the upper secondary in Norway. The school disitricts/counties have created their own service and created (bought) content for many subjects. https://ndla.no/
    KS (Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities) wants to create a similar initiative for elementary and lower secondary.
    http://ks.no/PageFiles/40760/KS%60%20eierstrategi%20for%20barnehage%20og%20skole%202013-2016_23042013.pdf (Page 14) - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 16, 2013
  • Will MOOC-based content be reused in K-12? In addition to the language barrier, what are the stumbling blocks? - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013
  • Open Content may prove important for a number of small subjects, especially in upper secondary education, and Open content may also influence the balance of power between publishers and content creators - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Sep 19, 2013 - ingunn.kjol.wiig ingunn.kjol.wiig Sep 22, 2013
  • Will provide the opportunity for students and teachers to increasingly create their own content and provide content to the school from other operators than traditional content learning. - heidi heidi Sep 30, 2013

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Mash-up of existing open education resources. What will be the impact on the curators and the sharers, compared with non-sharers. How to share skills, as well as content? - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013
    • Shifting the role of curators from publishers to .... teachers? students? - ola.berge ola.berge Sep 22, 2013
  • The issue of quality assessment- per.hetland per.hetland Sep 17, 2013
  • The concept of teacher/user curation should be mentioned. Another point of relevance is that Open content will have increased policy relevance through the upcoming call on open education from the European Commission (expected shortly) - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Sep 19, 2013
  • Some publishers might raise the issue of quality - if open content undermines the commercial market for learning resources. - ola.berge ola.berge Sep 22, 2013 - ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 27, 2013
  • Online content will give parents access to the subject content that their children/youths are working with in schools - ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 27, 2013
  • The online world of content is massive and messy- teachers will need guidance on what to select and how to use it - ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 27, 2013

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • Depending on how it is implemented and used it can result in more diverse content in many subjects, or it may become less diverse because of our small size. If a subject is covered in open content from one source well enough, why would you buy competing content? - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 16, 2013
  • Will Norwegian survive as a language in 100 years? If all the good content is in English, why bother with Bokmål? - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013
  • Learning the importance of collaboration- per.hetland per.hetland Sep 17, 2013
  • It will probably increase the number of learning resources available to the students, and hopefully improve diversity - ola.berge ola.berge Sep 22, 2013- ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 27, 2013

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • https://ndla.no/ - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 16, 2013
  • Several teacher´s colleges investigating and/or testing e-teaching MOOC-like courses (nettpedagogikk). - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013- ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 27, 2013
  • The European Commission is funding a project on small languages and OER. More details will follow. - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Sep 19, 2013
  • http:/delogbruk.no is a network for teachers It has 10 000 registered members and is based upon sharing of knowledge and ideas connected to pedagogy. It is open to anyone, but one has to register to post content. - ingunn.kjol.wiig ingunn.kjol.wiig Sep 22, 2013

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