Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Jan 25, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

David Wiley revisits his suggestion five years ago that 2017 could be the end of open educational resources. His reasoning is basically sound: "Our fixation on discovery and assembly also distracts us from other serious platform needs – like platforms for the collaborative development of OER and open assessments." And he argues that the value-add of systems like Pearson’s MyLab and Cengage’s MindTap makes them significant educational tools. So it may be that his prediction wasn't wrong so much as early. "PDFs aren’t going to get us there," he writes. "We need more efforts to provide the benefits of publishers’ “adaptive” systems while honoring and enabling the values of the OER community." No question. Image: FutureOER

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