The thorny issue of MOOCs and OER

Lorna Campbell, International Journal of Information and Education Technology, May 10, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"FutureLearn," writes Lorna Campbell, "doesn’t appear to make any mention of using, creating or disseminating open educational resources." One of the core concepts of MOOCs - at least, the way we design them - was the use of open educational resources (OERs). After all, OERs and MOOCs are natural partners. Or were. On come the xMOOCs. "it seems that very few xMOOCs use or provide access to open educational resources. The relationship between MOOCs and OERs is problematic at best and non existent at worst. As Amber Thomas memorably commented at the Cetis13 conference 'it’s like MOOCs stole OER’s girlfriend.'"

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