OERs, Producers, Consumers, and Reuse

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, May 22, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

David Wiley gets it right: "The secret sauce in both the cases of the good open source software and the good OER is an actual, bias-riddled, context-bound, historical person located squarely in a concrete place and time addressing their own specific instructional problem." Moreover, this should say something about development: "A person who has conducted a comprehensive user survey in order to be 'consumer-driven' has a very low chance of creating an OER that meets a specific teacher's specific need." Perhaps we should return to producer-driven initiatives, he suggests. Perhaps - but only from the perspective that producers are users and users are producers.
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