While the Creative Commons license can theoretically be applied to any Open Education Resource (OER) in any medium, the structure of the licenses are most valuable to text-based content, potentially to the point of a bias toward text-based use. This is in part because in its final state text still has maximum flexibility for reuse and remixability, as well as the ubiquity of text-based editing options across the globe. However, as more and more global citizens access the Internet through mobile device, what factors to does one need one to consider when looking to create and sustain OER materials for other media?
This discussion aims to explore conversations and theories on how institutions can approach OER production with larger, complex media such as audio and video. What does openness in video look like? How does open matter to the creator, to the user, to the institutions? Is it necessary to even bother with a Creative Commons license on a video that contains no contextual information and has institutional brand marks? Where are the options for sustaining open production of audiovisual materials? What are the obstacles and biases within these systems growing in popularity but widely misunderstood in higher education?
Grounded in pedagogical as well as media theories, we want to guide a conversation on the nuances of the other media with respect to media literacy, accessibility, remix, and beyond. We have ideas—but in all actuality we need your input. Let’s use pushing towards true openness in large-scale media production to assess the affordances, limitations, and existence of “open.”