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.


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