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Reuse – copy verbatim // Redistribute – share with others // Revise – adapt and edit // Remix – combine with others  // Retain - make, own, and control copies
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Peter Reed: Is OER Actually Open? Gratis Vs Libre (republished)

Peter Reed: Is OER Actually Open? Gratis Vs Libre (republished) | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

However recently, the debate (if it is a debate) of 'Gratis' Vs 'Libre' in openness is gathering momentum.

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David Wiley - Agreeing with Stephen: Perspective Matters

"In a recent email to the (closed) oer-community mailing list, Stephen argued that perspective plays a significant role in this debate. He couldn’t be more correct. Just as there is not One True License, there is not One True Perspective on the free, nonfree, open, libre, etc., debate"

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Peter Reed: Is OER actually Open? Gratis vs Libre....

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"There is a definite difference between the two here, which have implications for OER. The real debate I want to consider is one that has been surfacing for some time, suggesting for something to be open, it should have no restrictions at all."

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Stephen Downes - Let's forestall this before the floodgates open:

Stephen Downes - Let's forestall this before the floodgates open: | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"> xxx institution has been successfully offering hundreds of no charge MOOC courses for years

'No charge' isn't the same as 'open'. Can the contents of these courses be viewed without registration? Can people just 'drop in' to the online synchronous sessions? Did the courses incorporate content from a distributed network of blogs, social media, and other media? Were students able to select their own learning materials, manage the curriculum directly, and determine for themselves what constitutes success?"

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Jeremy Knox: Open to question

Jeremy Knox: Open to question | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"OERs are touted as the answer to all manner of global ills, but much work is needed before they fulfil the promise"

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Sheila MacNeill: Three kinds of open

Sheila MacNeill: Three kinds of open | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"Last week, David Kernohan and myself attended three conferences in North America, all with a common underlying theme of open. But, as many of us know, there are many types/flavours/definitions of open in education today. This post tries to make sense of some of the common themes across the week."

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Oscar Berg: Why do people share?

Oscar Berg: Why do people share? | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"If is feasible to assume that the same psychology applies when we share things such as information, ideas and experiences with colleagues at work."

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Jenny Mackness: An alternative perspective on the meaning of 'open' in Higher Education

Jenny Mackness: An alternative perspective on the meaning of 'open' in Higher Education | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

With the rise of MOOCs there has been much speculation about the meaning of ‘open’, particularly with respect to the Higher Education business model.  It is clear that ‘open’ can be interpreted in a number of different ways.

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Michael Boezi: The Open Argument: Does Open = Free?

"Open is a license with specific use rights. It doesn’t specify anything about whether or not the IP needs to be offered for free."

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Timothy Vollmer: Keeping MOOCs Open

Timothy Vollmer: Keeping MOOCs Open | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. MOOCs — or Massive Open Online Courses — have been getting a lot of attention lately.
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Geoff Cain: Keeping Open Education Resources Open

Geoff Cain: Keeping Open Education Resources Open | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"What does the "open" in "open education resources" mean? What it should mean is free to reuse, remix and share. If your open education resources are locked up with a proprietary platform, they are no longer open. If they are converted into "supplements" for a "free" text, they are no longer open. This is the fear behind those who choose a license that says "not for commercial use." That does not make it less open because you are not free to lock down someone else's work and make a profit off of it."

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Audrey Watters: What Do We Mean By "Open"?

Audrey Watters: What Do We Mean By "Open"? | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"The adjective “open” ostensibly makes educational resources more easily accessible. But “open” can mean a lot of things: resources that are free; research that is publicly available on the Web and indexed by search engines; courses that offer open enrollment; materials that are openly licensed; content and code that can be copied and modified and redistributed. “Open” can mean “transparent.” Open versus proprietary. Open versus closed."

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