Since signing the Capetown Declaration on Open Education in 2007 Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand, has been without question the regional leader in open education.

Their IP policy preferences open access, and encourages staff members to license their material under a Creative Commons Attribution licence. And they’ve actually followed through with this. For the last year they’ve been releasing their training materials on Wikieducator under this licence, allowing anyone to copy, distribute and even edit the material, even for commercial purposes.

Now they’ve put together the above video discussing their experience over this time, and how they think the policy has effected them and their students. It shows interviews with a lot of different staff members talking about the benefits and difficulties they’ve found in releasing their content for reuse by others.

A very useful and informative resource for anyone thinking of embarking on open education. We’ve added it to our teachers materials package. If you know anyone who might be interested, spread it around.

3 thoughts on “Otago Polytechnic’s Open Education Experience

  • 11 January 2010 at 3.05 pm
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    I agree, the reason behind the internet in the first place is to facilitate the sharing of information. It’s great to see you guys embracing this with your IP policy.

  • 29 March 2010 at 9.30 pm
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    well you have pointed out a very deep issue it is really very annoying for the students and staff members they have to re consider their policy

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