Open Education

Here at CECES we support the philosophy and practice of Open Education, but what does this mean for you?

What does it mean to be open?

“Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone forany purpose” - The Knowledge Network

The Knowledge Network provides a guideline for how openness can further be achieved with the Open Definition 2.1 Specification

Why open education important?

Emergency Services holds a unique place in many people's lives. When an emergency occurs, we expect competent providers to respond and provide help in dire circumstances. The populations within Canada are very dispersed and care comes in different levels. Support of the education of emergency services varies significantly as well. For instance, the budget of an inner city fire department will be significantly different from a volunteer fire department in a small town. However, every provider needs training and education.

By sharing education we reduce the cost of producing and obtaining  educational resources. This includes the service providers, educational institutes, and students. As a Canadian non-profit (registered in Alberta), we have Canadians at heart and recognize the need for this in both the large cities and remote locations (such as in our territories). At an international level, developing nations will further benefit and ultimately improving the quality of life.

The quality of education further improves when we are willing to share. Full transparency and community review allow for rigorous evaluation which leads to higher quality.

The speed of implementing changes improves as a community developing brings manpower in development, which is not normally seen in the educational institute.

Why Open Education Matters from Blink Tower on Vimeo.

 

How do we open our content for use?

We use the Creative Commons license rather than general copyright. General copyright comes with restrictions for replication, reuse, and modification. You may notice this blurb on the site:

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This means that the content you see is free to use, modify and share provided that you give credit back to the author provided that you continue to share the content under the same or equivalent open license. If you have any questions, the link will give you a good idea as to what you can and can not do. When you give credit, please credit the actual author if listed, otherwise, please credit CECES. We would as well appreciate that you link back to the original content, however, this is not required. Lastly, any material that we embed on our site falls within the license of the website that it is hosted on. If the material is outside of an open license, we have received written permission to use the material. Please contact those providers for permission to reuse.

 

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