The world is changing, moment by moment.
If you think of it, changing is a word that could be interpreted as a threat. The situation in the world is getting worse. That is what you hear.
But many things are getting better, I think. Such as this movement, very much in the online world, that information, digital tools and knowledge should be freely available. For everyone. Did you know that you can attend courses for free, read free books, and even share scientific data. That is amazing.
When I was a psychology student for 25 years ago, there was not much openness about the psychologist profession. Therapy was something performed with closed doors. I think my profession would benefit from more openness, even in the psychotherapy room. Different digital tools could benefit the therapeutic process. Of course, as a psychologist, you have professional secrecy. But that does not prevent us from sharing our knowledge and experience.
As a psychologist you could create different online courses, that would be free and available for everyone. Today psychologist earn a lot of money creating courses, that are expensive for the public to join. I think that Universities and hospitals could save a lot of resources to create important information in both a preventive and treatment purposes.
Openly licensed resources means at a basic level that people are allowed to freely use the material for their own purposes, watch educational videos and read different material. They can also share this material with others. I do not think that this material should be free for people to change or modify though, since it is important that the information is correct.
Here is a short video clip where you can get information about creative commons licence:
As a teacher I can inform the psychology student about this great potential. The future psychologist need to be well prepared for using different digital tools and create information to the public. One important thing though, is to be critical about all the information on the internet. A lot of knowledge in psychology is created by uneducated people, for example clients having problems themselves who tell people how it is to have mental difficulties. This is not wrong, it is important that clients tell about their perspective, but we as professionals need to share knowledge too, that is without costs for those in need.
Are you curious what a free online course could be like? Here you can attend a free course: https://www.canvas.net
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