How Open is Your Open Content?

| June 11, 2019
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UNESCO Global Open Educational Resources Logo. With this logo, what’s not to like?

Here’s an interesting discussion of open educational resources (OER): Framing the Open Conversation – Branded Content & Fair Use

Rolin, the author and Assistant Professor & Director of EdTech & Media at Seattle Pacific University, believes content should be remixable rather than merely accessible. (Rolin goes further to discuss “openwashing” of content, which offers an interesting comparison of content makers.) With decades of web content available, it’s helpful to keep this ideal of remix in mind when choosing or creating OER.

Free access to educational materials is important for many learners, but educators can potentially do more with content that does not foreclose possibilities of remix.