E-Learning Activity: Learning Reflection
It was a great and beneficial experience to be part of MOOC. The five sessions and all the activities have made me learn a lot. Previously I was not very familiar with Open Educational Resources but on this platform, I have got to opportunity to know about OER and its implications on worldwide education. The Open Educational resources will allow the sharing of ideas to flow from one country to another and hence the chain of knowledge will keep on growing. There will be equality in the quality of education all over the world, in other words, it will be a blessing to people.
Since for an educator, sharing of knowledge means a lot, I have been able to learn in session three that not all resources are free to copy and to reuse. It’s very important to see whether the resources are copyrighted or not since there are too many restrictions with copyrighted materials, and so I have deduced that copyright is a barrier to “openness” in education.
From session four, the knowledge of Creative Commons was as a blessing to know that creative commons licensed work have already the permissions granted for anyone to use the contents in the way they wish. Thus Creative Commons provides the legal tools that help authors manage their property rights and permissions associated with their creative works. By doing the researches for Activity 4.1, I was able to know better about the different licenses associated with the creations of others.
Moreover from session 5, I was able to understand that in order to reduce the number of out-of-school children around the world, it is very important that the creators choose the right license. In my opinion, the best license will be the CC BY since it allows the freedom to reuse, revise, remix or redistribute the resources which is very important for an educator.
Thus all educators around the world will have to work together in modifying and redistributing contents so as to contribute, hand in hand with the OER University in making free educational resources reach all the students worldwide. #OCL4Ed