Open Learning- Sharing and Resources

Topic 2 introduced us to the benefits and challenges of openness in education and learning. In this post, I reflected on the questions our group has addressed:

  1. What does it mean to be open?
  2. Why should I be open?
  3. How open do I want to be?
  4. How can educators be informed about open resources?

David Wiley defined open educational resources (OER) in his TED talk as teaching materials that are freely shared and come with permissions. He explained the 4R Framework as follows:

  1. Reuse – the right to reuse the content in its unaltered form;
  2. Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself;
  3. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new;
  4. Redistribute – the right to make and share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others

The readings by David Wiley, Bates and the sharing by Alastair Creelman, Teresa MacKinnon and some of the PBL group presentations helped me to think about how to address questions 2-4. Listed below are some the takeaways I learned from this topic:

  • Take advantage of educational materials that are already available instead of reproducing the same content. This way, we can make good use of the class time to engage students for deeper learning.
  • Making content accessible does not necessarily equate to being open.
  • Always obtain permission from the owner/author before using any content online and make sure to provide correct attribution when crediting a source.


  • Open learning can be present in different context:
    • Knowledge sharing
    • Sharing resources (images, videos, codes, music, slides, academic papers, recipe, etc)
    • Sharing your expertise with colleagues through consultation
    • Peer review- students can provide feedback on how to improve their work be it a presentation or a paper
    • Actively participating in discussions, blogs, social media platform
    • Contributing to a Wiki
    • Project collaboration
    • Peer mentoring
    • Forming communities of practice
  • Build a collaborative culture and sharing.
  • “Education is a matter of sharing, and the open educational resources approach is designed specifically to enable extremely efficient and affordable sharing.” – Wiley, D., & Green, C. (2012).
  • Resources can become “best in class” with through community engagement and development.


Wiley, David and Green, Cable (2012) “Why openness in education?,” Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies, Educause, pp. 81-89, [online] Available from: /Chapter6WhyOpennessinEducation/249773

UNESCO Paris OER Declaration 2012.

Open, education and the future Short TED-talk by David Wiley

Bates, T. (2015). Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning.


5 thoughts on “Open Learning- Sharing and Resources

  1. I think that your group has addressed the correct questions in deconstructing the idea of openness and sharing. It enables the potential ‘sharer’ to reflect upon the value or not of sharing, as well as the purpose of openness in given contexts. If there is credible material available as an OER, I too believe if it is relevant , one should not re-invent the wheel but rather augment it to make it applicable to the individual context, credit the creator and re-
    share it openly. Thank you for your blog post:)


  2. It seems it is an easier decision to use what is shared, but it is a more difficult decision to begin sharing, and to what extent we choose to share and be open. There are still some lingering doubts that I have regarding sustainability. It is interesting how this will play out in the next few years.

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