Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

In a roundabout way, David Wiley argues that courseware is for professors as the windows-based operating system is for the rest of us, and that resisting OER-courseware is like clinging to command line interfaces no matter how difficult they are for anyone else to use. "When all the OER, homework, supplementals, exams, analytics, and other tools are outcome aligned and well integrated in a learning-optimized platform, OER courseware is significantly easier to adopt than a PDF," he writes. "OER courseware can reach the overwhelming majority of faculty where they currently are – while simultaneously improving student outcomes and dramatically reducing costs." I don't know... if this is the state of play, then all I can say is that it makes me sad.

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