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  • How about this?IMAGE: Captive Tomes
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hypertext Transfer ProtocolURIs, URLs, the WebXml + Web Services
  • Yahoo in 1996
  • Jimmy Wales
  • 2000
  • 120+ Content Partners, 24,000 Items
  • I think we can stop being snobbish about content not being for academic use now. There is both a good range of academic content out there, but also varied stuff that we can use in different ways. Sometimes an entertaining film makes a point better than a lengthy article and can provide the basis for discussion.
  • I think we could get 50% of courses from open content, so we focus on adding stuff we can’t get and adding in activity, structure, connecting narrative et
  • There is code called embed which is what allows you to put youtube videos etc on blogs. It means you can take content and easily embed it in your own site – including the VLE. I write a blog and almost every post has either a flickr photo, video, slideshare presentation, music from blip, etc embedded. Because it’s so easy to do it now seems a neglection of duty not to make something multi-media. So whereas before we needed to get LTS support to help with every bit of multimedia now it’s as easy as cut and paste.
  • Although we try and bring in other voices, it’s often people we know and they write in our style. By using 3rd party content students get to hear different views and also experience a range of styles – the OU voice isn’t the only one
  • I have come to believe that sharing is the driving force behind the digital transformation – we share all the time, whether it’s a joke, a resource, an idea, a link, some feedback, etc sharing doesn’t cost anymore and I think the key skill we can teach our students is how to be members of their academic community through the many different ways of sharing
  • Digital, or open, scholarship is my thing now – I think we shouldn’t underestimate the way new technologies are changing the practice of being an academic. The way we research, teach, disseminate, network, create and share knowledge are all changing in sometimes subtle ways. I think finding, creating, using and understanding 3rd party content is a key part of this
  • Open up to open content

    1. 1. NIIT University Open up to Open content By: Akhlesh Agarwal 1
    2. 2. Closed vs Open contentAvailability of open content Benefits of open content How to use open content 2
    3. 3. Closed V/s OpenEducation/Content
    4. 4. What is “Closed” Education?
    5. 5. As per Indian epic Mahabharata, access to education was limited toonly those from royal family or priests
    6. 6. Even the current education in several expensive institutes isclosed education as it is accessible to only the privileged ones.
    7. 7. “The world is changing.”
    8. 8. http:// =Open access
    9. 9. “Imagine a world in whichevery single person on theplanet is given free access tothe sum of all humanknowledge.”Jimmy Wales – founder wikipedia
    10. 10. • Anyone Can Access ...• Anything ...• Anytime ...• Anywhere ...• At Unlimited Speed
    11. 11. open content for educationBy UniversitiesBy consortiums, or independent organizations
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    15. 15. Started by Salman Khan (a graduate from MIT in Electrical & Comp Sc & MBA from Harvard)Started to give lessons to his cousin using videosAs popularity increase he started videos on youtubeLater got funding from Bill gates foundation and Google.27000 videos in repository 17
    16. 16. 6 reasons to use Open content 19
    17. 17. 1. There is good stuff
    18. 18. 2. It will shorten course production
    19. 19. 3. Multi-media made simple
    20. 20. 4. Students get a range of voices• Best practices and explanations from reputed institutes / faculty.• Faculty can also learn new ideas on how to teach a concept
    21. 21. 5. It teaches students that sharing is key
    22. 22. 6. It helps us become digital scholars
    23. 23. Using open content 26
    24. 24. Excuses teachers give:• Students would think that there is no value addition from faculty ?• Faculty would feel more confident if content/PPT created by self.• Students expect original contribution from faculty.• Content to be customized/tuned for “My” teaching style, environment, curriculum 27
    25. 25. How to use:• Use small bits / pieces from open content• Use OCW content as Additional Ref.• Give reference to open content as pre-study material to students before the class lecture.• Share OCW sites to other faculty members. 28
    26. 26. 4 Rs of open content • Reuse - the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim form (e.g., make a backup copy of the content) • Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language) • Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup) • Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend) 29
    27. 27. Knowledge is the only treasure that increases by sharing 30
    28. 28. Thank youakhlesh.agarwal@ @akhlesha 31