•If we benefit from sharing resources this should be true also in education and in order for connections to form – openness & transparency is important! Most people, however, are uncomfortable taking the risk of posting half-baked ideas publicly. Trust and personal sense of security is important for learners. Learning is an act of vulnerability. Given the somewhat intense flame-wars that arise online or the rude level of discourse (have a look at the comments of any popular YouTube video) in forums, feelings of vulnerability trump participation. [Week09 in CCK11]

Week09 Insights:
•One of the primary ways of connecting with others in an open course is through creating and sharing artifacts of sensemaking. These artifacts are resources produced by individual learners (diagrams, summary posts, podcasts, videos) that reflect their attempts to make sense of the course from her/his perspective… When our learning is transparent, we become teachers. [George Siemens]
•In the system implemented by Creative Commons authors may stipulate that the use requires attribution, that it will be non-commercial, or that the product will be shared under the same license (Creative Commons, 2006). These open content licenses are useful to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) that includes volunteers and incentives, community and partnerships, co-production and gateway/portal sharing. [Stephen Downes]
•The value of radical openness and cross-silo data access is mixed, and will likely become a legal and ethical battle ground over the next decade. On the one hand if you are using a service for free, then you are the product being sold to marketers and other organizations. [George Siemens]

Week09 Thoughts:
•We tend to think of distribution of text, images, graphics and multimedia as “atoms that are put together to form molecules, or Lego blocks that form toy houses” [Wiley, 2000], but the borders are blurred when we re-use materials that has previously been mixed, mashed, spread and shared.
•During our Live session in Elluminate (18/3) BrainySmurf had some interesting thoughts on the willingness to share (risk vs. trust). Instead of giving away knowledge or educational content we tend to “hoard knowledge as power” (in order to get recognized, so we treat knowledge as our own property). He also addressed the issue that we “get promoted based on being the only one who knows” (I’m better/more powerful/more credited)

Week09 Questions:•What are the benefits from sharing resources in an open & transparent way?