Taking OER beyond the OER Community

Various authors, UNESCO, Sept 22, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Commonwealth of Learning - UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) project is launching a series of discussions starting tomorrow. Basic instructions are here. The first of the forums is here. You may want to read neil Butcher's opening discussion paper. He argues for "a need to place strong emphasis on institutional policy engagement, because, until reward systems are restructured, there is little prospect for persuading people to change their behaviour" regarding both sharing educational content and reusing it. Ironically, Butcher's PDF is encrypted, making it impossible to copy and paste (I had to type out the quotation manually). The general announcement and online subscription page is here.
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