What is Open Content?


The movement toward open content reflects a growing shift in the way academics in many parts of the world are conceptualizing education to a view that is more about the process of learning than the information conveyed in their courses. Information is everywhere; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Open content embraces not only the sharing of information, but the sharing of pedagogies and experiences as well. Part of the appeal of open content is that it is also a response to both the rising costs of traditionally published resources and the lack of educational resources in some regions. It presents a cost-effective alternative to textbooks and other materials. As customizable educational content — and insights about how to teach and learn with it — is increasingly made available for free over the Internet, students are learning not only the material, but also skills related to finding, evaluating, interpreting, and repurposing the resources they are studying in partnership with their teachers. There are two sides to understanding open content — on the one side are institutions that are allowing content to be shared. On the other are those institutions that wish to make use of open content. Understanding the frame of reference and context for an open content project is more and more dependent on knowing which of those groups an institution belongs, as the challenges and issues are quite different.


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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • I believe Open Content is vital to the Education enterprise as a whole, and efforts should be made to embrace it, fully or at least partially. Open Content is of great importance in the scientific environment, where it is gaining momentum, also because it pushes the collaborative model of knowledge creation and sharing, extended to students.- antonio.vantaggiato antonio.vantaggiato~
  • The idea of open content in STEM education makes incredible sense when dealing with these types of topics - that are always evolving and changing. Technology allows us to be a global education society, and it only makes sense to open content for everyone to add to, explore and edit in new ways to help us learn more. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 25, 2012
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on STEM+ education?

  • STEM is a logical fit to Open Content with how fast STEM topics change. Giving everyone access to customize and improve upon our work, and the work of others is what makes us as a society, great. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 25, 2012
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • STEM book -a comprehensive, open-access collection of original, peer-reviewed chapters covering topics related to Stem Cell Biologyhttp://www.stembook.org/- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 25, 2012
  • AcrossWorld has developed education technology and infrastructure platform to crowd source, review and rate Open and Premium Content with customized products and services for the India and the USA markets http://www.acrossworld.com/- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 25, 2012
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