A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Nov 22, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Feldstein makes the point in this post that many publishers like open educational resources. "It has become clear that textbook profits are collapsing as student find more ways to avoid buying the new books," he writes. "So these companies want to get out of the textbook business....  They want to sell software and services that are related to educational content, like homework platforms or course redesign consulting services." Hence, as David Wiley says, "80% of all US general education courses will be using OER instead of publisher materials by 2018."

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