In reviewing the materials for session 1 of the Open Content Licensing for Educators (OCL4ED) mOOC (micro Open Online Course) I was immediately taken back to a brief exercise I put together for another MOOC, the Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) hosted by ALT. I use two blog posts to demonstrate open and proprietary, or closed, resources.
See http://online-learning-online.blogspot.com/2013/05/open.html and http://online-learning-online.blogspot.com/2013/05/closed.html
I thought, at the time, it was a simple way to show some fundamental differences between OER and proprietary systems.
The commitment to using OER requires checking and verification. The commitment to creating OER is even greater, checking and verifying against known copyrighted works, and then re-creating or rewriting as necessary. Consider the following from (Brown, Holding, Howell, Rodway-Dyer, 2010):
Creating OER is a massive commitment with (currently) little recognition. It is a labor of love, of belief in humanity, and in belief that a free and open body of knowledge can exist in our consumer society.
Browne, T., Holding, R., Howell, A., & Rodway-Dyer, S. (2010). The challenges of OER to Academic Practice. Journal Of Interactive Media In Education, 1-15.