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In this world,publication is a critical component ofknowledge production
Knowledge was the result of winnowing, as was what made it through the editorial process. Knowledge was that which was settled... While knowledge was of course contextual and relatedto its sources, its expression was in discrete units that try to encapsulate everything the reader needs to know… David Weinberger http://projectinfolit.org/st/weinberger.asp
Research is increasingly networked and collaborative
AttributionNoncommercialNo Derivative Works Some rights reserved by f2point8Working with a deluge of data
Digital knowledge Interactive Collaborative HyperlinkedSocial IntegratedDisaggregated Granular Open Interoperable
Now knowledge occurs on a capacious network characterized by links. It’s thus taking on a shape that reflects its new medium. Deeply linked, incomplete, inconsistent, in multiple-voices, unsettled, bottom up as well as top down, multiple curated. Knowledge now looks like a network (of the Internet sort specifically) because it is a network.David Weinberger http://projectinfolit.org/st/weinberger.aspSee Weinberger, D (2012) Too Big to Know. New York, Basic Books
Publishing/communication in this environment is continuous, no longer the final, fixed output
The lines between research output andteaching materials arebecoming more fluid
Attribution Some rights reserved by ProfAlliRichStudents are online, accessing course materials in multiple media
They will need to learn how to find, sift and select information
More than 90% of UCT students have at leastone course delivered on the LMS, Vula.
There will be increasingdemands for integrated textbook materials, flexibly licensed
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mararie/3313582639/ CC-BY- SA OA and OER are now becoming widely adoptedworldwide and is supported by international, regional and national policies
UNESCO supports OER national policy development
WiLLGT09 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 UnportedThe UK hires Jimmy Wales to advise on OA policy WiLLGT09
The SA Green Paper onPost-School Education and Training‘The goal of attaining meaningful postschool education will be supported bythe development and sharing of welldesigned high quality learning resourcesthat build on the expertise andexperience of top quality scholars andeducators. ‘
These resources should be made freelyavailable as Open Education Resources(OER) for use with appropriateadaptation. This would be in line with agrowing international movement …supported heavily by organisations suchas UNESCO and the Commonwealth ofLearning.http://www.dhet.gov.za/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=yhGLBBQZBzM=&tabid=36&mid=1
Licensing frameworks will be needed andinstitutional IP policies that include open licensing , in the light of the Green Paper provision for’ an overarching policy framework on IP and copyright in higher education’.
Empowerment through collaboration – new partnerships will be neededAttribution Some rights reserved by Anthony_Joel
“The combination of free access to world-classtextbooks and the flexibility to modify the materialexactly to our needs makes Flat World Knowledge ideal for pairing with the OCW Scholar courses,” remarked MIT OpenCourseWare Executive Director Cecilia d’Oliveira.
What partnerships arewaiting to develop in South Africa?
Paper delivered at e-Textbooks – Tools ofChange for the Digital Migrant Teaching the Digital Native Van Schaik Bookstores Conference 10 May 2012
Eve GrayScholarly Communication in Africa Programme University of Cape Town http://www.gray-area.co.za
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