With Hans we are planning to facilitate a new cycle of the “Composing free and open online educational resources” -course in 2011. We still are not sure if we will find the time resource but let’s see.

Maybe some of the people who took the first course in 2008 could join us and work as facilitators in this? If you are interested in, please, let us know.

The wiki-page of the course 2011 is open for your edits in here:


Please, edit the course content and the course’s weekly program — make the course to match with your needs.


Jürgen Habermas. Photo by Wolfram Huke I really enjoy reading your blog posts. Please, keep on posting, linking and commenting to each other posts. Again: be bold! Don’t be shy to write to each other’s blogs.

In the end of this week, with Hans we will give more feedback on the assignments of the first three weeks. One third of the course is then done.

At that point we are also doing some “cleaning up” of the list of participants. We would like to have in the list only those people who are still with us after the first three weeks. So, make sure that in the end of the week your blog is up to date with all the assignments.

The idea is not to be “exclusive” anyhow. The reason for cleaning the list is simply practical, as we will not spend time on looking and reading empty blogs. If you already know that you can’t do the course, you may also remove yourself from the list. I am very excited to see how may of us there will be in the end of the course. With Hans we also have a surprise for all those who will make it to the end of the course.

The topic of the week 3 is the Philosophical Background of the open educational resources.

Several scholars have related the OER idea to the European enlightenment movement. So are we. Please check the articles about enlightenment and check out also some later philosophers and their thoughts often linked to the enlightenment movement. Some names: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Isaiah Berlin and Jürgen Habermas. When it comes to education for all, you may find the following writers and thinkers interesting: Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig and Paulo Freire.

I am sorry, that I do not know very well philosophical thoughts and educational reform movements outside Europe and North America. Please, help me. For instance, in your blog post you may present a person who has had an everlasting impact in education in your country, neighborhood or school. Good topics to discuss about in your post are also:

  1. Why access to information is important?
  2. Why education is considered as a human right?
  3. Who will benefit if the access to information and education is improved?
  4. Who is afraid of the access for all and why?

Have fun!

Welcome to the “Composing free and open online educational resources” course blog. This is the place where the faciliators of the course will post all the news related to the course.

The participants will post weekly assignments in their own blogs. You can access these blogs from the sidebar and follow the recent posts from #oercourse channel in Jaiku.

The course will start in one week. If you haven’t registered to the course yet you can still do it in Wikiversity.