What is the meaning of “Succedaneum”?
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.
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.
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!
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Koller, D. (2015). What we’re learning from online education. [online] Ted.com. Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_koller_what_we_re_learning_from_online_education?language=en#t-418101 [Accessed 11 Nov. 2015].
Wiley, D., Green, C. and Soares, L. (2012). Education Finally Ripe for Radical Innovation by Social Entrepreneurs – Forbes. [online] Ht.ly. Available at: http://ht.ly/jPTX3 [Accessed 11 Nov. 2015].