Big OER and Little OER

Martin Weller, The Ed Techie, Dec 10, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A useful and oft-made distinction (I've certainly made it) coupled with a terminology that might stick: "Big OERs are institutionally generated ones that come through projects such as openlearn. Advantages = high reputation, good teaching quality, little reversioning required, easily located. Disadvantages = expensive, often not web native, reuse limited; Little OERs are the individually produced, low cost resources that those of us who mess about with blogs like to produce. Advantages = cheap, web (2) native, easily remixed and reused. Disadvantages = lowish production quality, reputation can be more difficult to ascertain, more difficult to locate." The author then takes the usual cop-out line that "A mixture of the two then is complementary and viable." First, this doesn't follow at all. Second, "mixture" could mean anything from 50-50 to 99 percent of one and 1 percent of the other. Moreover, on more analysis, the "advantages" and "disadvantages" are, at best, rough generalizations, and not assertable with a high degree of probability on any particular piece of work.
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