Thank You, Pearson: OER, Metadata, Gateways, and Elephants

Bill Fitzgerald, FunnyMonkey, Nov 16, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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There's debate about Pearson's approach to OER, especially through it's Equella service (acquired in 2009). Lisa Petrides posts on 'open source pillaging': "see how our non-commercial resources are used inappropriately here." Bill Fitzgerald responds that Pearson is doing the community a service. "Pearson is helping to expose more people to OER, and subsequenty increase the adoption of OER," he writes. "By selling access to communities around OERs, Pearson provides a gateway, exposing many people to OER who might never have used them otherwise." But if they're using them simply as yet another commercial resource, where's the benefit in that?

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