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Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education - Keynote Presentation

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Date created: 
2017-03-28
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The use of open re-use licenses and Internet technologies have long promised to reduce barriers to education by making it more distributed, equitable, and open. Indeed, the promise of open education can trace its roots to the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations 1948, which states "everyone has a right to education." However, there is little formal evidence that open education has an impact on increasing access to learning or making education more equitable.

As a collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU), University of British Columbia (UBC), BCcampus, British Columbia Research Libraries Group (BCRLG) and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), this event explored the goals, failures, and successes of open education. The event explored such questions as: is open education succeeding in being a transformative movement that makes learning more accessible? What are the criteria and successes that should be used to measure if the open education movement is a success? What more needs to be done?

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Lecture / Talk
Video

Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education - Panel Discussion

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-03-28
Abstract: 

The use of open re-use licenses and Internet technologies have long promised to reduce barriers to education by making it more distributed, equitable, and open. Indeed, the promise of open education can trace its roots to the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations 1948, which states "everyone has a right to education." However, there is little formal evidence that open education has an impact on increasing access to learning or making education more equitable.

As a collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU), University of British Columbia (UBC), BCcampus, British Columbia Research Libraries Group (BCRLG) and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), this event explored the goals, failures, and successes of open education. The event explored such questions as: is open education succeeding in being a transformative movement that makes learning more accessible? What are the criteria and successes that should be used to measure if the open education movement is a success? What more needs to be done?

Document type: 
Lecture / Talk
Video

Rick Anderson: Reconciling the Needs of Analysis and Advocacy in Scholarly-Communication Reform

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Date created: 
2016-10-25
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Reforming scholarly communication is a tough job, made tougher by factors that include the lack of unanimity among stakeholders as to what reform should look like (or whether it's needed at all); the wide variety of needs and interests among the system's stakeholders; the structural complexity of the system itself; the lack of unanimity as to what "open access" means; the heavy weight of tradition in academic practice; and the high level of emotion that inevitably accompanies discussion of these issues. The difficulty and complexity of the reform project suggest that analysis is needed, but the moral and emotional weight of the issues involved naturally lead us in the direction of advocacy instead—and advocacy and analysis are, unfortunately, natural enemies.

In this session we reviewed salient aspects of the scholarly-communication landscape that make reform particularly challenging, some principles for addressing those challenges, and some possible mechanisms for applying these principles to bridge perspectives, including strategies for including the all-important authors' voice.

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Video
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Open in Action: A Panel Discussion

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2016-10-25
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The speakers in this panel are individuals who are taking concrete actions that advance the concept of Openness in higher education, scholarship, and the community at large . These panelists talked about initiatives they are involved in, such as those that:-support the development and use of open textbooks-investigate who uses open access journal articles and under what conditions-build infrastructure for scholarly publishing-address community needs for informationSpecifically, the panelists discussed how their work intersects with the idea of "Open" and what motivates them towards putting "Open" into action.

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Video
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Video