Open educational resources: Maximize teacher time and engage students

Blackboard, Oct 20, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have mixed feelings about this item. On the one hand, I'm glad to see support for open educational resources (OERs) no matter where it takes place. But on the other hand, all these OERs supported by Blackboard are visible only inside Blackboard, using the xPlor application. Well, OK, there are other ways to view resources from the CK-12 Foundation or Khan Academy. But it gets squiffy when it comes to resources created inside the application. "Intuitive authoring tools enable you to easily create, edit and align standards to your learning materials to store in the repository, all through your existing LMS," readers are told. Are these being called OERs? It seems so, but I hope not, because if they're only available inside Blackboard, they are in no sense open.


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