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Talking about the goals of openness: the student needs to publishing

Talking about openness, one important field is the student and academic journals.

This video speaks to the need the students have in general to write and communicate their views and experience on the subject that are studying and researching. The creation of magazines and newspapers in educational institutions are a great step forward in this matter. It is important that these publications must open to the other institutions, or any particular person, thus expanding the knowledge and the peer to peer collaboration and review.

I hope that these initiatives will follow its course and that in the near future we can have open access to these publications and that educational institutions encourage this type of initiative with subsidies. To date, only the large universities are investing in this type of phenomenon of education and even so, we normally have to pay for access to a certain type of information, especially in scientific libraries. I wonder, what the other institutions do about? It is true that access to knowledge is a right, but we must not wait for the others to fight for this right came true, but it should be each and every one of us who work together in this interesting and necessary field of action.

Julia Echeverria Moran


The Goals of Openness 1

Thinking about the goals of open access, we must know that openness it is not only about getting rid of price barriers, or any other barriers but to include the voices that have traditionally been excluded, like the voices of people and researchers in Africa, as an example we can see in the next video.

All of this go throught  about power, the power that have all those institution and persons that make policies about knowledge, education, information ecc.

We all want to change the paradigm on this matter but we must count on this power structure and the most important it is, not to make declarations, that it is fine, but to make all this “declarations” become true.

Julia Echeverria Moran

OER: Google open source blog

Keeping an “OER mind” about shared resources for education

With ever-increasing demands being placed on our education system, including new skill sets that need to be taught to create a pipeline that can fill 21st century jobs, we must figure out how to make high-quality education more accessible to more people without overburdening our existing educational institutions. The Internet, and the platforms, tools and programs it enables, will surely be a part of the answer to this challenge. (OER) are one piece of the solution. OER are teaching and learning resources that anyone can share, reuse and remix. As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to increasing access to a cost-effective, high-quality education, we’re supporting the—a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating OER—in organizing Open Education Week 2012, which begins today.

An example of OER in action is OpenStax, a recent non-profit initiative of Rice University and Connexions to offer students free, professional quality textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for several courses. Theybelieve that these books could save students over $90 million in the next five years. Non-profit isn’t the only model for open education. Flat World Knowledge has built a business around OER by providing free online access to open textbooks, then selling print-on-demand copies and supplemental materials.

We’ll be acknowledging OER week through a panel event in Washington, DC, and over on our +Google in Educationpage, where we’ll be posting articles, and sharing stories and interviews about the benefits of open education resources. Opening these resources to everyone can improve the quality of education while getting more out of our investments in educational resources. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Open Education Week. Go to to learn more and get involved.

By Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University Relations at Google

(This is cross posted from the Google Research blog)