Introducing the OERu – and some questions

Tony Bates, e-learning, distance education resources, Oct 06, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Like Tony Bates, I am generally supportive of the OERu idea: "The OERu (the Open Educational Resources University) aims to provide a route to formal accreditation through study of free open educational resources in the form of free courses and materials developed by accredited universities." The partner institutions would provide "free open educational resources specifically designed for independent study by institutions offering accredited online programs; and the provision of assessment for qualification from one of the accredited partner institutions." But we also have the same questions. Specifically:
- "I wonder why the ICDE isn’t taking the leadership role here). There are still some interesting missing members, in particular the UK Open University, which already offers substantial OERs through its OpenLearn site, MIT OpenCourseware, and the Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative," and
- "how (will) the institutions provide the assessment to enable students to get an accredited degree, and whether such a degree or qualification will be accepted by national accreditation or degree assessment boards?"
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