This publication is one of a series focusing on current issues relevant to instruction librarians. Each publication in the series presents five thought-provoking items to read, listen or view relevant to the topic. This collection offers resources on copyright and open access issues.
This document will provide the learner with resources for the open sharing of instructional materials and also provides examples of sharing projects.
Target Student Population:
The document was specifically prepared for instruction librarians but applicable to all educators; K-12.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
This is most appropriate for individual use but the Elluminate webcast and the podcast could be viewed by a group such as a team or class.
Adobe reader will be necessary to view the PDF file. A small software download will be needed to view the Elluminate webcast, one of the "5 things".
Evaluation and Observation
The resources provide a broad overview of the pros and cons of the open source movement and also a list of open source repositories useful for educators. Resources are also selected to appeal to a wide range of learning styles and include a podcast, webinar, journal articles and reports. This is a highly current topic relevant to all educators.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The objectives of the document are succinctly outlined. Each one of the "5 things" is accompanied by a brief abstract and a web link when appropriate. A useful feature of each abstract is the approximate reading or viewing time for each item. The first item appropriately provides an overview of open educational resources for those unfamiliar with the topic.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The graphic design of the document is good; users should have no difficulty viewing, printing or saving this PDF. Complete bibliographic information is provided enabling retrieval of correct articles and other resources. Contact information for the developers is also provided. Users will only require about three hours to review all of the materials.
Individuals will require access to subscription journals to access some of the articles. A more easily located publication date on the PDF would be helpful to determine currency and for citation purposes. Requires setting up a username and password to access the full text. It is free for now.
Other Issues and Comments:
This document could be the basis for a continuing education module for librarians, media specialists or educators.