Only few day's left to register for our first OERu course: Know of anyone interested in free learning for university credit?
Nov 21, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So as I have always figured, the end-game for OERu is a commercial product. Created by WikiEducator (and more recently, a bevy of 'founding partners') OERu attracted many with the promise for free online courses. An the courses are free. But according to the announcement of the furst OERu course: "Cost of Assessment services by USQ :  Assignment 1 (AU$50); Assignment 2 (AU$50); Assignment 3  (AU$100) - Includes grade and feedback." That's $200 a course. Or $1000 for a five-course semester. Sure, there's a bit of a savings - but that's possible, I guess, when hundreds of volunteers have been providing education and materials for free. I wonder whether there would have been so much enthusiasm for WikiEducator had volunteers known from the outset that it will still cost $1000 a semester. Even the headline of the email, used as the heading for this post, is misleading: "Only few day's left to register for our first OERu course: Know of anyone interested in free learning for university credit?" OERu: where 'free' means $200.

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Re: Only few day's left to register for our first OERu course: Know of anyone interested in free learning for university credit?

This certainly works around the CC-NA problem that monetizers have been working on. Or does it? This might make for some interesting debate. If you charge for examining someone's mastery of materials whose license prohibits commercial use, have you violated that license? OTOH, examinations usually index only one's ability to recall facts and ideas, elements that cannot be copyrighted.
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