On Learning objects and OER

Rory McGreal, , Aug 30, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Are open educational resources (OERs) pedagogically neutral? Rory McGreal argues that they are, and in this post clarifies his position. "It is the box that is pedagogically neutral not the lesson.  Of course you can embed into the box a resource whose use is restricted to one pedagogical technique or one can embed more generalisable resources." The supposition here is that the mere fact of a resource being an OER is pedagogically neutral. But I don't agree. Open access is a pedagogical strategy, just as limited access and exclusivity are on the other side. Making content open has pedagogical implication - IMO for the better.

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