Guidelines on Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education

Various authors, COL / UNESCO, Nov 01, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

These guidelines were launched today. Here's the direct link to the document. It has been nice to see international organizations and colleges and universities get on board with open educational resources, and especially with WikiEducator. But an odd thing may be happening - I've been getting reports on Facebook that activity within WikiEducator has slowed to a crawl. This seems to have happened since WikiEducator focused on OERu. Has there been a slowdown? It's hard to say - there's definitetly a drop-off in the Google Group discussions. We'd have to analyze changes by machine, though, to be able to tell. But I do wonder - with all the talk of 'foundation institutions' and credentialing, the talk at WikiEducator seems to have turned completely away from what the wiki was set up to do - and I wonder whether people aren't walking away too. Related: it's time to reclaim the radical roots or OER, says David Kernohan. "The nature of education has become contaminated by the assumptions and language of business and commerce, and has lost the ability to meet the needs of learners and educators."
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