Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

There isn't room here for a full response to this paper, but I would like to suggest that the OER certification described here is a disincentive to create OER. Why? Look at the recommendation for a 25 hour course. Or the requirement of certification to "receive the authorization to publish their materials as OER in the OER-repository." If I needed to do this before publishing an OER, I wouldn't be publishing an OER. Much better is the approach taken by BCcampus, also mentioned in this article, to offer an OpenEd Challenge consisting of a series of 10-minutes exercises people can try whenever they want. The authors' hearts are in the right place - they want to see people recognized for their expertise in OER. But forcing them to take a course or certification program isn't the way,

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