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

Bill Fitzgerald, FunnyMonkey, Nov 16, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

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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