White paper update: first draft of ‘Access to openly-licensed resources’ and ‘Crowdfunding’ sections

We’re making good progress in our aim to get a complete non-technical first draft of the Project MoodleNet white paper complete before Christmas! This update provides the first draft of the ‘Access to openly-licensed resources’ and ‘Crowdfunding’ sections. You can add your comments and feedback directly on the Google Doc at the following link or discuss via the forum link underneath each update, respectively.

Access and comment on the white paper: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD


Section 4: Access to openly-licensed resources

OER CommonsThe Access to openly-licensed resources section of the MoodleNet white paper gives a very brief overview of copyright in light of the Internet, Creative Commons, and the shift from OER to Open Educational Practices. There’s also a bit in there about ‘GitHub for Education’.

There three recommendations for Project MoodleNet from this section:

  • Recommendation #12: Project MoodleNet should respect copyright law while allowing educators to share their resources as freely and openly as possible. 
  • Recommendation #13: Open Educational Practices should be supported in Project MoodleNet by providing educators with tools to find, create, remix, and share each other’s resources.
  • Recommendation #14: Project MoodleNet should provide educators with powerful functionality that is easy and pleasurable to use.

Is there anything you think should be be in this section that isn’t currently included?

Discuss the Access to openly-licensed resources section in this forum thread: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=363180 or or directly on the white paper: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD

 

Section 5: Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding image CC BY-SA Rocío LaraThe Crowdfunding section of the MoodleNet white paper explains the role of crowdfunding and how it is related to membership and subscription options for supporting individuals and organisations providing content, products, and services.

There three recommendations for Project MoodleNet from this section:

  • Recommendation #15: Project MoodleNet should provide a way for educators to be recognised for the contributions they make to the community, including in financial ways.
  • Recommendation #16: To avoid advertising within Project MoodleNet, members should be able to support the development of new features through membership and/or subscription options.
  • Recommendation #17: Project MoodleNet should encourage the development of OERs by educators through easy-to-use crowdfunding options.

Do you agree with the discussion in this section? What should be added or removed?

Discuss the Access to openly-licensed resources section in this forum thread: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=363219 or or directly on the white paper: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD


What’s next? We’re going to revisiting the six scenarios outlined at the start of the white paper in light of the 17 recommendations made so far. In early 2018 we’ll then start work on the approach to the design and build of Project MoodleNet, along with a high-level overview of the technical development required.

Crowdfunding image CC BY-SA Rocío Lara

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