Rethinking the O in OER

Dec 16, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think this is exactly right: "OER (Open Educational Resource) is a supply-side term. To judge whether university-released OER is valuable to users, we need to understand what enables and constrains use. Legal and technical openness are multi-dimensional and inter-related. There's a spectrum of use, reuse and repurposing, as it applies to academics and other sorts of users. We shouldn't overweight the use case of academic repurposing." See also John Robertson with some models and metaphors of OERs.
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