views on openness
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Being immersed in the UK open educational resources (OER) programme it can be hard to step outside the programme boundaries and look at it with fresh eyes. This is my attempt. What is an OER anyway? Open is multi-dimensional Is “use” good enough? If linking is good enough, why use open licences?
Recently, I’ve been hearing a few comments that seem to suggest we should be using the most open of licences for resources or, frankly, not bothering at all. The reasons include the carrot-y ones ( ‘the less restrictive the license the more likely your resource will be reused ‘) to the stick-y ones (‘if there are restrictions on reuse, you just don’t get the meaning of open’ .) So I’m getting on my soapbox…