Sharing is Caring: Open Education

Sharing is Caring: Open Education

It’s week 7 and Open Education is topic of the week. Here are my thoughts on the Open Education movement.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Open education movement is the part it plays in the evolution of learning. Knowledge is now quite far reaching and is altruistically shared among other learners near and far. Due to Web 2.0, OERs create a “unique blend of learning” (Bosk, 2009). Peer to peer learning that may have not been possible in the past due to proximity is now something of the past. OERs allow learning to evolve by “eliminating barriers and facilitating access” (McNally, 2012).

The biggest challenge is the perceived ambiguity of intellectual property and copyrights. OERs need licensing to in order to provide information to learners. Copyrights create an obstacle for the OER as they have the ability to block knowledge from others on the stance that they will lose ownership of the idea (McNally, 2012). On a work related note, I have heard professors discuss that are apprehensive of doing a MOOC or putting a curriculum online as they want to keep their intellectual property. If organizations and universities can find a way to let reluctant faculty know that OER can be an assets to learning instead of hindrance to intellectual property, research and content.

After perusing on the internet find out more about open education, I found this great video on the importance of open education.  To see other videos, please go to whyopenedmatters,org

My learning activity is heavily related to Open Education. One of the goals of my learning activity is to create a community where education is shared in order for all staff members to perform better in their positions.

My questions for my readers this week: Do you think the Open Education Movement has the ability to negatively impact Education? If so, how?


Blink Tower,. (2014). Why open education matters. Retrieved from

Bosk, C. (2009). The word is open:How web technology Is revolutionizing education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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McNally, M., & Western University,. (2014). Democratizing Access to Knowledge: Find Out What Open Educational Resources (OER) Have to Offer. YouTube. Retrieved 5 December 2014, from


Share the Knowledge!