Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

10 Years of OERx

ALTC Blog, Mar 19, 2022

You can't really summarize ten years of a conference, but this short series (part one, part two) tries. The result is interesting because as it tracks the main themes of the successive conferences it also tracks the trends in the field of OER (or at least this one corner of it) as a whole, from the need for evidence and setting expectations to open badges and open educational practice to disruptive narratives, critical perspectives, and care. For me, OER has always been about access, but this community started from a more theoretical and more academic perspective and to my view drifted further and further away from that original intent. Not that the discussions haven't been useful, but I do think sometimes proponents of openness have lost the plot.

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