A Big Publisher Embraces OER

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, Oct 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Just to be clear, by "embraces OER", what the author means is "charges $25 per student per course." Of course, the putative charge here is for the platform, not for the content contained in the platform. To get at the OERs, you need to go through the platform. This article quotes gushibg support from all the usual suspects, with only SPARC's Nicole Allen sounding a note of caution. I'm openly sceptical. While they are locked in Cengage's platform, I can't access these resources, I can't link to these resources, I can't even know what they are. In theory someone could extract them from the platform and make them available, but I would wager that they can't do this in any automated and cost-effective way.

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