Open Educational Resources Declaration and Info

Weblog, Dec 19, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

To judge from the email I received today from OER Commons, the focus for the Cape Town Declaration is marketing, not discussion. Yes, the push is on to collect signatures and (in my view) to preempt actual community-wide consultation. Meanwhile, Ignatia asks the organizers, "Where is the diversity? I was surprised that the initiative did not include more diversity in the platform of people?" And, "why not open up the declaration to learners around the world to add their remarks to make it stronger? The fact that feedback is possible is already great, it would be nice if this feedback would be open as a public discussion forum." Indeed, instead of the marketing push, why not back off the PR program for a bit and ask whether this is something the community actually wants?
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