Last week we attended the workshop by IBM, it regarding the contest of “the flexible workplace challenge”, as IBM try to practice mobility working place, where the employee can work at house without going to office. While, from the advancement of new media today, new Media play an important role for our life, same goes to our educational. From the traditional education, we used to bring along the text book, but the modern education allow us to just bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone, as long as it have internet access, we can read the “Book” everywhere.
Nowadays, a lot of universities gradually transform their education to digital form, practice from paper to paperless, back then it’s must to have a text book and some reference book, but today we can access all from online, it’s provide a platform where the student can download the lecturer note from institute website, the internet have so powerful and make a lot of changes for educational system. According to Miller 2010, the research states that “one of the university’s responsibilities is to promote the achievement of knowledge in depth, What the World Wide Web provides is the opportunity to work with the most powerful media of our time on the project of making thought visible”. University play a role as provide a high education for student, meanwhile the internet now allow us to access information easily, as we no longer go to library for looking for the book, as we can always find “Professor Google”, some universities like University of Wollongong (UOW), actually provides the E-library for the student, where the student can access to E-book, the advantage for the student, it’s allow the student download Journal and get the sources for free, where the institution have pay for it.
They are a lot “edu factory” where offer the Journal for the student, lecturer and Professor, Elsevier is a modern publishing, which provide Journal , book and online source. There were and issue academics boycotting Elsevier business practice, such as their journal prices are too high, their buldle sales system is a profit device that sells unwanted journals and historically, Elsevier has supported legislation such as Research Work Act (RWA) that would hinder researchers’ and universities ability to support open access.”(Neylon, 2013). There are lots “open access source” for free download journal, why do we need to pay so much for the particular journal, I know it’s an acknowledgment for the Editors, but most of the student can’t afford to pay the expensive payment, they should give a special rate or free for the educational purpose, as the education should practice sharing. If it’s for corporate used, it might have a higher charge. Due to Arvanitakis 2009, he views that Education as a cultural commons, where something that we all share and can grow to expand creating a new form of biopolitical production. In the education perspectives, for usage of education should be free, where it allows the people to sharing their thought and their knowledge. Meanwhile, sharing their learning experience, “Sharing is Caring” for our society.
Arvanitakis, J 2009, The Autonomous University and the Production of the Commons, or, “Pirates were like Ninjas, they Learned to Use their Environments”‟ in Toward a Global Autonomous University (eds) The Edu-factory collective, Autonomedia New York, pp 154 – 156
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Miller, R 2010, The Coming Apocalypse, Pedagogy Winter , no 10, vol1, pp 143-151.
Neylon, T 2013, Life after Elsevier: making open access to scientific knowledge a reality, accessed 25/4/2-13, from http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/apr/24/life-elsevier-open-access-scientific-knowledge