Sunday, 8 September 2013

Learning reflection - Session 2

Learning reflection on session 2

Open educational resources refers to digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.

David Wiley refers to the 4 R's -reuse, revise, remix and redistribute and free access of content. Open educational resources facilitates teaching, learning and research. People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, we help create a world where people can fulfil this desire. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn things that will help them on the job. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. OER serve to enhance education and knowledge instead of creating a better software product for the benefit of all. Students anywhere in the world can access OERs at any time, and they can access the material repeatedly. The use of OERs instead of traditional textbooks can substantially reduce the cost of course materials for students.

According to me ,educators should not apply the word "theft" for reusing ideas to further learning. Copying on other people ideas is how every person in a society operates. When someone copy exactly word by word is 'theft'. when he copies from a group of people is research. We try to produce the best work through other people ideas and experience. Students can get additional viewpoints and materials that may help them to succeed. People publish their work on line so as to share their ideas and experience to others.

During  this session, I have come to know how important and helpful OER may be in a student and teachers' life.  While considering the possible advantages of OER I would suggest that we should move towards free access and the 4R'S without of course not forgetting the creator. While giving the respect and the credit to the author it will encourage each and everyone to share their ideas, experience and knowledge freely. According to me there should have no barriers and limit in education. 
 However, I also agree with Lawrence Lessing that one should not ignore the creator of the materials. Their contribution in sharing their ideas and materials would help to improve education across the world. We should always be thankful to them for their contribution of our success. 

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you when you day that the word theft should not be associated with the action of reusing educational material- may be we are using the material as a model on which we are innovating.The original author of a material may not have the ability to expand on his/her creation fully.