Why is it Important to Share Openly?
The benefits of sharing are great and have an impact on all stakeholders in open education. Through open sharing, students have a richer and more engaging learning experience — as they have greater access to information, perspectives and materials to help them to succeed. Educators can draw on resources from all around the world — and researchers can share data and develop new networks. People can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share ideas and information. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again — increasing access and inviting fresh approaches. See the table below for a list of benefits experienced by all of those involved in open education.
Benefits of Sharing
- Applying knowledge in a wider context than their course would otherwise allow
- Freedom of access and enhanced opportunities for learning
- Support for learner-centred, self-directed and social/informal learning approaches
- The opportunity to test out course materials before enrolling
- Continued access to learning resource after the course ends
- Student/user feedback and open peer review
- Benefits to reputation; recognition
- Efficiencies experienced when collaborating with others
- Sharing of ideas and best practices with others
- Reaching a wider range of learners
- Recognition and enhanced reputation
- Wider availability of their academic content
- Efficiencies in content production
- Increased sharing of ideas and practice within the institution
- Increased understanding of intellectual property rights
Other Sectors (Employers, Government, etc.)
- Access to re-purposable content
- Input to scoping, development and endorsement of open content in their focus area
- New potential partnerships with content providers and other sectors
- Increased understanding of intellectual property rights, curriculum development and learning technologies
Do you regularly share openly?
What are some ways you could be more open?