Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The elephant in the room in this short slide presentation is sustainability. I think a lot of people have talked about sustainability over the years. My own contribution to this discussion stems from my 2005 paper Models of Sustainability for Open Educational Resources. OER, I argue, will never be sustainable until we get past the producer-consumer model, and begin to see it as the way a community shares with itself. What we have seen over the last decade instead is that sharing has become commodified, commodities must be produced, and productivity must be licensed. The sustainability problem, in other words, is a problem that has been created by the people who would monetize OER.

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