Openness in the Context of Computer Networks: Educators' Perspective

By Dragana Martinovic and Jelena Magliaro.

Published by The Technology Collection

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In this paper we look at computer networks, especially the Internet, from the educator’s perspective. As our world becomes more dependent on computers, aspects of human-computer interaction and interaction between humans supported by computers requires extensive critical analysis. In doing so, we draw on several ground-breaking initiatives that are ideologically based on the concept of “openness.” More specifically, we compare and summarize attributes of the three distinct communities: (i) open access, (ii) open source, and (iii) open online help. In all three we find examples of intellectual generosity, as when a capable peer/patron/student becomes the source of a gift and a scaffold for the community on which to prosper. Although the Internet has contributed to increased connectivity between individuals and social entities, the commercial scholarly journals’ owners and commercial software companies do not share the same enthusiasm as the proponents of openness. In addition, this paper further examines the use of openness as a concept or idea that, in conjunction with the Internet, promotes access to knowledge as a right rather than privilege.

Keywords: Computer Networks, Internet, Open Access, Open Source, Online Help Community, Scholarly Publishing, Openness

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.43-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 569.463KB).

Dr. Dragana Martinovic

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Dragana Martinovic is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education at University of Windsor, Canada. Dragana’s research explores computer applications in education to conceptualize interdisciplinary theories. She has also investigated issues in student modeling based on captured relevant student information, tutorial dialogue in mathematics, as well as privacy issues in educational systems.

Jelena Magliaro

Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Jelena Magliaro is a PhD student at the University of Windsor, Canada. Jelena’s background in the fields of computer science and psychology have influenced the development of her research. Her research interests encompass open access publishing and the role of academic libraries in the dissemination of research knowledge. Jelena Magliaro is an employee of Leddy Library at the University of Windsor.

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