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ERIC Number: EJ894819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
A Custom Fit
Ramaswami, Rama
T.H.E. Journal, v37 n3 p20-24 Mar 2010
In its broadest sense, open content refers to material published under a license that allows any user to edit, adapt, remix, and distribute it. It is distinct from free content, which is in the public domain and has no significant legal restrictions on its modification. In a much-publicized action in January 2008, Florida became the first state to approve an open, online instructional program when it adopted FreeReading, from Wireless Generation, as a K-3 supplemental reading resource. The program allows teachers to download, copy, and share lessons, as well as post comments and modifications. This article discusses why schools turn to open educational resources and describes the benefits they can get when using such resources. Professor David Wiley said that currently, educators are focusing on the cost benefits of open content. He emphasizes that open content has a lot more to offer pedagogically. what it offers, for free, is many more ways to teach--podcasts, videos, music, etc.--than are available by traditional methods. Because the material is "open" and can be modified or expanded instantly, the material is dynamic, up-to-date, and constantly changing, unlike a static printed textbook.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida