Open Ed week 6

October 22, 2007

Understanding the importance and value of the public domain, how much (what percentage) of this value would you estimate is realized when works are licensed with a Creative Commons or GFDL license? To what degree would the open educational resources movement (and therefore the world) be additionally benefited if OERs were simply placed in the public domain? Please explain.

I think, that arround 80% of OER are licensed under CC or its variants. It is a good think because CC permits people release his OER with the conditions that they want. I think that Creative Commons is a free license for free contents (newspaper, books, art…).

Talking abut CC I want to say that the most big library in the world is going to digitalize his contents and open its. It ´s the EEUU congress library. It´s a good sample about CC uses. If the author of a book wants to share it without permision to modify, CC is his license.

Post week 5

October 8, 2007

What do these representative open education projects have in common? What differentiates them? In the context of open education projects, what does “quality” mean?

All projects have in common the spirit of free share of learning objects. This is the view of allo projects but they have differences about filosophy and methodology and I think that each and everyone of them have the same problem: Don´t talk about CMS used!!!!.

In the weeks 2-4, one document says that the tools for manage OCR must be free software but I can´t find the link to download the CMS or information about this. I´m worry about this because isn´t easy to develop one CMS and many people who develop free software wants recognition about his work (see GPL) .

In other way, the differences about these projecs are about his philosophy. For example MIT has a good repository (maded with educommons) for attract new students and the atention of other universities and projects like ocwinmotion but they have tones of share contents philosphy: “Unlocking knowledg, empowering minds”. It´s the visible part of MIT faculty and MIT ideology.

About quality I google quality and OER and I find LORI test as a way to weigh the OER quality but nobody talks much about quality.

A good definition for quality can be founded in Erik Lenvanger blog´s.

I think that one OER have quality if many people be able to learn with it. I think that one ratio can be: (concepts learned * time) / OER, like space/time in speed ecuation.

University of Alicante have an ocw maded with educommons: http://ocw.ua.es .

Post weeks 2-4

September 26, 2007

On first way I´m going to sumarize my work (Felipe, Nuria and Pedro are working on this too).

We are making a software architecture to share the OER between other LMS. We are very interested about sharing protocols and standars (like oai, rss, scorm…) because it´s a wanderfull tool to empower the learning and I think that it is very interesting to follow the OLCOS roadmap (educational repositories) and walk on the same direction.

Answering the first question: What do these overviews of the field have in common?

These overviews are talking about OER as a base point of e-education. Now it´s time to enjoy one initiative on Spain: Virutal Library of Bibliographical Heritage. It is an OAI initiative to share the old Spanish bibliographics documents.

It is against one opinion of the readings that says: “Institutions don´t share knowledge”. It is right but we should think governs give money to keep original documents and if the people can access this from his houses institutions may disapear.

One thing about OER definition:

- Free (of charge and privative licenses: Creative Commons is good)

- The tools for OER may be free software. It is good idea but if the governs and universities don´t give founds… it is a problem.

Answering next question: What do they emphasize differently?

The most significative diferences I have found in OECD vs OLCOS. OLCOS views the OER as products and OECD views its as free learning resources. The view point of OECD have a little problem: OER maintenance have a price and view its as a product (OLCOS viewpoint) can solve even if can be a barrier too.

We need to have present that computer systems not are free. OECD viewpoint of “create knowledge and free it” is good for the society but few people and enterprises can do it (at least on Spain). OER needs money and infrastructures to survive and it´s not bad idea that the enterprises become a “information providers” (respecting OER philosophy) like a service. It´s a low price for open knowledge.

In the week 3 document, the author talk about philosophy and moral. In the week 2 document mentions the case of Extremadura. Philosophy and moral are good themes of discussion but in extremadura, computer engeeners and technocratic peoples have many work problems: conditions and salary.

Those people have many importants thinghs than opencontent philosophy and moral and in the end it is a problem for technology development. It is the answer for the question: Do you see a bias toward or against any ideas, organizations, or approaches in any of the reports?

At least on Spain not. In EEUU or north Europe may be but on Spain not. In the Universities start the movement but it don´t have good publicity. One of the readings talk about the function of the teacher in learning. OLCOS say´s that OER would be the center of education… it is right but the teacher would help students to learn. This is the base of constructivism method (see Piaget and Vygotsky), the most actual teaching tendency based on the learning about knowed concepts.

Which report spoke the most clearly to you, and why do you think it did?

I think the second pdf (week 3) is the most interesting because it talks a little about OER repositories. If anyone are interested on its and search engines (i love its), can contact with me leaving a comment to share our opinions about it and take a different point of view.

“Everyone has the right to education… Education shall be directed to the full development of human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” (art.26 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

As we can read in the human rights text, right to education is a basic human right. The problem is that the people breaks this human right constantly.

I think education would be and incorruptible human right because educated people are free people. Free people cant take the control of his life and will be more happines.

Other reason for my think is that the people wants education as a basic necssity. In Brasil ,against bad this on this country (Iliterates can´t vote), when Lula Da Silva comes to be a governor, in a town whose name i can´t remember (I hear this on a conference of health education, I think remember Portobelo but I´m not sure)  Mayor, take 2% of municipal founds for wich people decide what things needs on the town. After they had water and medecines, they decided make an school and library.

It´s curious. It´s the triangle of Maslow:

Maslow Pyramid

This is a pyramid with the necessity of the people. High level on the pyramid becomes in a well being for the people, but if yo want go up you need stronge education. Iliterates frecuently can´t rise the 3th level: Belonging.

The second part of question:

it is necessary to *mandate* education through a certain age or level?

I think that not but it´s a good idea from the governs give a financial help for the people who decide take a strong and high education.

For example, Finland. The students on Finland have a little salary while they are estuding. This fact foments the education and the education becomes in a social benefits for all population.

Many governs have a problem with the money for students sallary but it´is because they don´t know  that education will become in a money for the people and for the govern.

More docs

September 4, 2007

Searching in Internet i´ve found this.

More docs about Katarina Tomasevsky. It´s a good writer about human rights.

XD. I´m spanish boy who don´t speak english frecuently. If you have any problem with my “english”, put a comment or send me an e-mail (dgg15 (at-server) alu.ua.es).

My first post

September 1, 2007

Hello! this is my first post for the opencontent.org challenge. I will write frecuently on this blog for improve the experience on the open course ware world. If you think that my posts are intertesting leave me a coment and make me happy.

Good learning!

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