OERu Founding Anchor Partner Statements -- An inspiration for OER adoption

Wayne Mackintosh, WikiEducator Forum, Nov 16, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I had a look at the Founding partner Statements referenced during this discussion. And while I don't want to be the one who throws cold water over everything, I cannot be the only one experiencing a sense of disappointment in these statements. Each statement has a section titled "Planned contribution to the OERu logic model" and the content of these planned contributions is for the most part minimal. Indeed, most of the contributions amount to nothing! Yes, Athabasca University is "allowing students to gain a Bachelor's degree in General Studies through the OERu using challenge examinations." But the majority of proposed contributions promise nothing more than offering a few OERs, helping coordinate, and maybe publicizing the initiative. Yes, I know you need to start somewhere, but I don't think you should be starting in the 1990s.
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