Digital revolution and its phenomenon has been discussed since Topic 1, we can conclude that it is literally changing the way we do every little thing. In the past learning was a form of paper and pen but knowledge today can be obtained and disseminated electronically. According to a study done that includes 2,700 high-end decision makers from companies internationally, it is found that 90% of online content is expected to be behind paywalls in the next 3 years. (The Drum, 2016)
As a student, this certainly does not come as good news of any sorts, it basically means longer nights of frustration while trying to hunt for free access to articles that aren’t blocked by paywalls to complete our academic reports.
But writing academic reports are meant to be referenced from research papers, that’s how graduates and students can build on original concepts and innovate through providing new ideas; that’s how research literature becomes valuable.
For this topic, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Open Educational Resources (OER). (Wiley, 2016)
The video below provides insight into open access of information.
Why should we support OER?
Although publishing researches through journals meant a broader reach, it is expensive due to colours and details. Journals started racking up price of subscription so much that it outpaced inflation by over 250% over the past 30 years from 1986 to 2003.
screen grab from Youtube video above
Journals however don’t produce the materials written, neither do they employ people who write or review the articles. So how can the soaring prices be validated?
In addition to that, abstracts of research papers are not always accurate about what constitutes the articles, and we wouldn’t know which article is relevant until we pay the exorbitant price for the article. With no return-policy in place, basically what is accumulated is a load of information that is of no use and a huge hole in their pockets. As the saying goes, “resource in the wrong place is garbage”.
OER accelerates discovery of knowledge to happen faster but we should also recognise that there will be black sheeps who take advantage to plagiarise works of people. Putting myself in their shoes, I too would be hesitant about putting up my work on the web to be susceptible to the risk of plagiarism, especially since I have invested a lot of time and sweat into it.
The Drum. (2016). 90% of online content to be held behind paywalls in three years media company survey suggests. [online] Available at: http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/04/12/90-online-content-be-held-behind-paywalls-three-years-media-company-survey-suggests [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].
Wiley, D. (2016). Dramatically Bringing Down the Cost of Education with OER. 1st ed. [ebook] Available at: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED535639.pdf [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].
Hall, M. (2016). Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/feb/18/open-access-key-issue-university-leaders?CMP=twt_gu [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].
Forbes.com. (2016). Forbes Welcome. [online] Available at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2013/04/07/education-finally-ripe-for-radical-innovation-by-social-entrepreneurs/#2564e5e7a557 [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].
Edanzediting.com. (2016). Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Access | Edanz Editing. [online] Available at: https://www.edanzediting.com/blogs/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-open-access [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].