Stephen Downes

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The push to redefine 'open' so that it means 'commercial', 'paid' or 'closed' continues apace. I like Dough Belshaw's pushback: " I'd like to echo a point David Kernohan made when I worked with him on the Jisc OER programme. He said: "OER is a supply-side term". Let's face it, there are very few educators specifically going out and looking for "Openly Licensed Resources". What they actually want are resources that they can access for free (or at a low cost) and that they can legally use. We've invented OER as a term to describe that, but it may actually be unhelpfully ambiguous." He also references a First Monday paper (with an unfortunate and tone-deaf title) on the varieties of 'open'. Image: SeedSavers.

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