• I. Intellectual Property
  • II. Free Software
  • III. Open Source
  • IV. Open Content
  • V. Defining Free
  • VI. Defining Open
  • VII. Open Source Software Licenses
  • VIII. Open Content Licenses
  • IX. Open CourseWare
  • X. Open Educational Resources
  • XI. Open Textbooks
  • XII. Research in Open Education
  • XIII. The Economics of Open
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    David Wiley, “Open Content”

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    Inspired by open source and free software, “open content” seeks to reasonably apply the principles of openness to non-software creative works including writing, images, sounds, and videos. David Wiley, who coined the term in 1998, is particularly interested in how open content can reduce the cost and increase the quality of education.

    At its core “open content” describes a copyrightable work that is licensed in a way that “provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities” which are retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.

    Key Points


    Legal requirements and restrictions can make content less open, as can poor technical choices.

    Discussion Questions

    1. How does copyright with open source interplay with copyleft (Stallman/GNU)?
    2. What are the ramifications of open content educational materials?
    3. What is the future of education with open content?
    4. Is open content less expensive?
    5. Is open content free of cost?  If so, why? If not, why not?
    6. Are textbooks really going away?  Will they become irrelevant? Useable?
    7. Do we really need to keep the textbooks that we have?
    8. What do we do with the older versions of the textbooks?

    Additional Resources

    Future of OER. (2014). Iterating toward openness. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/-tmIX

    Open Content. (2014). Iterating toward openness. Retrieved from http://opencontent.org/blog/  

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