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Interesting question: is oer "inevitable?" Maybe. But the history of many other technologies with open potential suggest more ambiguous outcomes. As Tim Wu puts it in The Master Switch: History shows a typical progression of information technologies: from somebody's hobby to somebody's industry; from jury-rigged contraption to slick production marvel; from a freely accessible channel to one strictly controlled by a single corporation or cartel*from open to closed system....History also shows that whatever has been closed too long is ripe for ingenuity's assault: in time a closed industry can be opened anew....This oscillation of information industries between open and closed is so typical a phenomenon that I have given it a name:"the cycle" [p. 6 Wu] Where is oer in this cycle? Luke http://itintheuniversity.blogspot.com >>> Wayne Mackintosh 02/26/12 3:00 AM >>> Hi Laura, This is what I think: - OER is inevitable -- an unstoppable force because educators want to share -- the open web combined with open licensing will guarantee sustainable OER futures. - Charity begins at home -- every educator who cares about the future of OER who shares their outputs and knowledge with a clear declaration of sharing knowledge, eg using a free cultural works approved license on their outputs is the real lever to realizing this future. OER is one of those rare examples where individual will make a difference :-) Wayne

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Well, I wonder: is OER a technology or the result of technology?



Ellen


-----The EDUCAUSE OPENNESS Constituent Group Listserv <OPENNESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU> wrote: -----
To: OPENNESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
From: Luke FERNANDEZ
Sent by: The EDUCAUSE OPENNESS Constituent Group Listserv
Date: 02/26/2012 12:02PM
Subject: [OPENNESS] OER inevitable? (was: Re: [OPENNESS] [OER] OER lobbying )

Interesting question:  is oer "inevitable?"  Maybe.  But the history of
many other technologies with open potential suggest more ambiguous
outcomes.  As Tim Wu puts it in The Master Switch:  


History shows a typical progression of information technologies: from
somebody’s hobby to somebody’s industry; from jury-rigged contraption to
slick production marvel; from a freely accessible channel to one
strictly controlled by a single corporation or cartel*from open to
closed system....History also shows that whatever has been closed too
long is ripe for ingenuity's assault: in time a closed industry can be
opened anew....This oscillation of information industries between open
and closed is so typical a phenomenon that I have given it a name:"the
cycle" [p. 6 Wu]




Where is oer in this cycle?





Luke

http://itintheuniversity.blogspot.com






>>> Wayne Mackintosh  02/26/12 3:00 AM >>>
Hi Laura,

This is what I think:


   - OER is inevitable -- an unstoppable force because educators want to
   share -- the open web combined with open licensing will guarantee
   sustainable OER futures.
   - Charity begins at home -- every educator who cares about the future
of
   OER who shares their outputs and knowledge with a clear declaration
of
   sharing knowledge, eg using a free cultural works approved license on
their
   outputs is the real lever to realizing this future. OER is one of
those
   rare examples where individual will make a difference :-)

Wayne

I'm not sure. Are technologies the mere material (or virtual) artifacts we interact with? Can they simply be regarded as tools? Or are they also the organizations, companies, and modes of production that produce and sustain those tools? Is the iPhone just the iPhone? Or is it also Foxcon? I think I'm muddling things but for the sake of fun: is a book merely a book? Or is it also OER? >>> Ellen Marie Murphy 02/26/12 10:15 AM >>> ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
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Yes, for sure, OER is inevitable and ... very useful, irreplacable, especially for us, people from developing countries (I do not like this word "developing". all countries are developing ...Anyway !)


Rwagasana Gerard
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We like to see technology as environment. They are not mere tools you can opt not to use, because they are everywhere, being part of our atmosphere. We breathe them. Regards, Rafael IGCAAV@UDGVirtual El 26/02/2012 12:18 p.m., Luke FERNANDEZ escribió: > I'm not sure. Are technologies the mere material (or virtual) artifacts we interact with? Can they simply be regarded as tools? Or are they also the organizations, companies, and modes of production that produce and sustain those tools? Is the iPhone just the iPhone? Or is it also Foxcon? I think I'm muddling things but for the sake of fun: is a book merely a book? Or is it also OER? > > > >>>> Ellen Marie Murphy 02/26/12 10:15 AM>>> > ********** > Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
I guess OERs are the result of a technology that facilitates sharing and minimises the costs of it.

Rafael

El 26/02/2012 11:14 a.m., Ellen Marie Murphy escribió:
Well, I wonder: is OER a technology or the result of technology?



Ellen


-----The EDUCAUSE OPENNESS Constituent Group Listserv <OPENNESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU> wrote: -----
To: OPENNESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
From: Luke FERNANDEZ
Sent by: The EDUCAUSE OPENNESS Constituent Group Listserv
Date: 02/26/2012 12:02PM
Subject: [OPENNESS] OER inevitable? (was: Re: [OPENNESS] [OER] OER lobbying )

Interesting question:  is oer "inevitable?"  Maybe.  But the history of
many other technologies with open potential suggest more ambiguous
outcomes.  As Tim Wu puts it in The Master Switch:  


History shows a typical progression of information technologies: from
somebody’s hobby to somebody’s industry; from jury-rigged contraption to
slick production marvel; from a freely accessible channel to one
strictly controlled by a single corporation or cartel*from open to
closed system....History also shows that whatever has been closed too
long is ripe for ingenuity's assault: in time a closed industry can be
opened anew....This oscillation of information industries between open
and closed is so typical a phenomenon that I have given it a name:"the
cycle" [p. 6 Wu]




Where is oer in this cycle?





Luke

http://itintheuniversity.blogspot.com






>>> Wayne Mackintosh  02/26/12 3:00 AM >>>
Hi Laura,

This is what I think:


   - OER is inevitable -- an unstoppable force because educators want to
   share -- the open web combined with open licensing will guarantee
   sustainable OER futures.
   - Charity begins at home -- every educator who cares about the future
of
   OER who shares their outputs and knowledge with a clear declaration
of
   sharing knowledge, eg using a free cultural works approved license on
their
   outputs is the real lever to realizing this future. OER is one of
those
   rare examples where individual will make a difference :-)

Wayne

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