Topic 5: Open Sesame?

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What is the meaning of “Succedaneum”?

Google it!

But… What if Google need request you to pay before allowing you to know the meaning?

I believe that there are reasons why some does not allow open access to online material. Well, I think one of them is because, they have high quality of work that they think it is worth people paying for it in order to view it. Everyone can post anything online for everyone to see right?

But what if you produce poor quality of work? It does not benefit anyone and even if it is free, nobody would want to look at it.

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There are always advantages and disadvantages to everything. Now, let’s look at the advantages of open access to online materials. It is true that having the luxury to access to any online materials will benefit readers such as students as well as teachers. They are able get information that they cannot get on hardcopy textbooks. Not only that, it does benefits the authors too. Readers will definitely be interested to find out who is the author of the article if they managed to gain useful information from it.

By allowing open access to online materials, it will also help the less-developed countries to be able to learn by getting the resources online. In my opinion, I think that in a less-developed country, it already cost a bomb to afford a computer with an Internet access. Now, they still need to pay to read online?

Here’s a video of Daphne Koller, encouraging top universities to put their most outstanding courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn.

So what are the disadvantages?



Writers published what they want to publish online. Readers read what they saw online and would assume that whatever they get online is correct and ended up gaining the wrong knowledge.

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Nowadays, getting information from the Internet is much more expensive then printing the materials or sometimes even getting a hardcopy textbook can be cheaper. Furthermore, teachers cannot be expected to teach based on the information of an article. If there are no open access to online materials, don’t they have to spend lots of money on purchasing different types of articles online? What’s worst is after purchasing, they find the content of the article irrelevant. Education cannot take place if teachers are unable to share what he knows to his students.

I personally feel that sharing is caring. By allowing open access to online materials, it enables readers including writers to ‘give and take’. Which means, you produce your work and at the same time, you are able to read other people’s view. Who knows? You might have a different perception of the topic and improve on your work!

References:, (2013). Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Access | edanz editing global. [online] Available at: [Accessed 11 Nov. 2015].

Koller, D. (2015). What we’re learning from online education. [online] Available at: [Accessed 11 Nov. 2015].

Wiley, D., Green, C. and Soares, L. (2012). Education Finally Ripe for Radical Innovation by Social Entrepreneurs – Forbes. [online] Available at: [Accessed 11 Nov. 2015].


6 thoughts on “Topic 5: Open Sesame?

  1. Hi Pearlyn!

    I’m glad that we both have the same perspective on how sharing is caring. I really like how you start your post by asking what happens if google requires us to pay. If google has to be paid, I would be broke as I rely on google a lot.

    Anyway, you made a good point in saying that some resources might not be available for free due to its high quality work. If I were the researcher I would probably want to gain something out of it as well…but I also agree with Mike Taylor that knowledge should be shared, and hiding it behind paywalls is immoral. ( ) So if you were a scientist, would you give free access to your research data?

    Thanks Pearlyn for this interesting write up! I look forward to hearing from you 🙂


  2. Hi Pearlyn!

    Hope all is well!

    I agree that providing free access to online information will benefit students, teachers and individuals in less developed countries.
    However, I personally feel that you’re merely evaluating the pros and cons of making materials free online as a reader’s point of view but not the content producer’s.

    By allowing users to view the materials for free, it will also benefit the authors to a certain extent such as increased usage will help to enhance their reputation and profile. However, authors might be at the losing end as they might face financial issues if they do not charge for their articles.

    On a side note, you mentioned that one of the disadvantages would be users might end up gaining the wrong knowledge as writers published what they want to publish online. I disagree to this mind-set!

    Writers can publish their work online however it is the reader’s responsibility to evaluate the accuracy of the information. Everybody have different standpoint, so we can’t determine whether one’s information is correct or incorrect. Individuals choose to assume that whatever they get online is correct, but authors did not indicate that their information is the most accurate. We, ourselves should be responsible for the information we gained from online sources. If we are afraid that that we might gain the wrong knowledge from online sources, we can take extra precaution by conducting in-depth research to look for other sources.

    Let me know your viewpoint about what I mentioned! 


    • Hi Sheryl,

      Thank you for your comment.
      I would agree with you that we should take responsibility for the information we gained from online sources. However, I think that people would choose to believe those information even if its wrong because they are too reliable on using Internet to get what they want.

      Let’s out ourselves in the reader’s point of view. What if you saw something that is unfamiliar to you? The first thing you would do will be going to Google to search for it. What are the chances of you thinking that the information you got is incorrect and do an indept research? The fact is that people do take the information they got from the Internetfor granted.



  3. Hi Pearlyn!

    Yet another interesting post from you! Hope you are enjoying the module thus far!

    Yes I second the point you made with regards to the quality of the online material is factor in causing it to be paid for.

    I fully agree too that in less-developed countries, it’s easier for them to be able to learn by getting the resources online if the online materials are open access as I mention that in my post too. In some parts of the countries like the Philippines where there is a lack of proper funding for research and education, I feel it is of utmost importance for them to have open access to information online and like you mention, “it already cost a bomb to afford a computer with an Internet access”.

    Another good point you brought up with regards to credibility of content posted online which is quite similar to what Joey mention in her post on satire articles, hence it could be an issue for users.

    Just a question on that note, how would you know if the information you googled is credible?


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  4. Hello Pearlyn,

    Your title really did make me to read this article! Great job on the introduction too, it was very relatable. haha!

    You mentioned about education online being made free to the general public in less developed countries. What if this backfires? Simply put, this online education option, if made free would definitely reduce the people going to school as the information is made available online! This might lead to teachers being jobless! Unless if you can incorporate them teaching online, but then again, that needs a lot of time and money. Money for the Internet subscription itself, money for the facilities required for elearning etc.

    I was also wondering, even if education was made available free online, wouldn’t that mean, every household has to have a computer? And are we that forward that a formal education isn’t required at all? I am afraid I have to disagree with that. Is there another way to this?

    Thank you Pearlyn!!! 😀

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