Cute Kitten Syndrome: Open Educational Resources

George Siemens, Connectivism Blog, Apr 13, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I agree with this assessment from George Siemens. I support open educational resources (OERs) - I mean, who doesn't (except evil money-grubbing publishers)? But that does not mean that the way they are being advocated by large foundations and universities should be without criticism. In particular, as Siemens says:
- Why OERs? What are we trying to achieve? Marketing our institution?
- OERs are window dressing if systems and structures of education do not change.
- OERs exhibit (are embedded with) certain ideologies/views/pedagogies, etc.
I have long favoured a community-based rather than institution-based model for OER development. But this is a model resisted by those institutions, predominately from wealthier nations, that have received the lions share of funding for OER development.
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