The OER15 conference

Grainne Conole, e4innovation.com, Apr 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Grainne Conole summarizes two of four keynotes at the OER15 conference taking place in Cardiff, one by Cable Green and the other by Josie Fraser. According to Green (Conole writes) "it was time for an OER implementation strategy, and in particular a focus on what is needed to achieve change and mainstream OER? He invited us to look at and comment on a consultation document on OER tinyurl.com/oerstrategy. " I find this interesting, because I did not get the sense that there was a support for "an OER implementation strategy" at the meeting in Sausalito last month - people felt there should be a diversity of approaches, not one coordinated approach. Fraser, meanwhile (says Conole) "questioned how we could do this (mainstreaming), referring Martin Wellers book The battle for open. She suggested that we think of mainstreaming as inclusive, valuing difference; and that the Internet is now part of everyday life."

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