I have been thinking about the value the educational community and learners gain from using digital resources, especially those targeted for educational. In the visualisation above, I have extrapolated, which possible actions or behaviours by educators might be of most benefit for learners, (and other educators). You may wish to suggest others in the comments, or even disagree with the model; I would really welcome your thoughts and feedback on this.
How one can use a resource will be determined by the terms and conditions of the resource's licence. The example below is typical of licensing offered by many, (educational), content providers.
The first two conditions, attribution and non commercial use, are fair, reasonable and make sense, because they allow modification and remixing; but the last element precludes using the resource at anything other than an individual level, or at best within an institution. Such content may still have a great deal of value for an individual, but it stops there, as it cannot make full use of the educational affordances of digital technologies. Some other resources are even more restrictive; allowing no modifications, their terms often state they can only be printed or used offline. These will have little or no value within a digital content ecosystem.
Whilst it is understandable that some content providers may wish to protect content they have created or acquired, this should be seen against the exponential growth of openly accessible resources; Wikipedia, YouTube, Science Commons and Encyclopedia of Life are just a some of the many examples. This past year has also seen clear move towards OER, (Open Educational Resources) with many initiatives at both individual and institutional level.
A number of potentially significant developments are taking place, Khan Academy is planning to crowdsource resources created by teachers around the world and invite them to add content to its portal and make it available through the Khan Academy’s noncommercial public domain licence. On another front, Pearson, one of the worlds largest educational content providers will make some of its content available through an API which will hopefully be developed as valuable educational materials as discussed recently by John McLear.