E-learning in 2011: a retrospective

Tony Bates, online learning, distance education resources, Dec 14, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tony Bates offers a useful overview of events in e-learning in 2011, and while his post as a whole is worth reading, the best bit is near the end, where he nails the ke problem with open educational resources (OERs) Properly So-Called: "Yes, content is becoming more readily accessible, but what really matters to many learners is open access to and interaction with quality faculty or instructors, leading to recognized qualifications, and many institutions that proclaim the principle of open content deny open access to learners, either through too expensive tuition fees or through too rigorous entry requirements. This is the reality of limited resources." So there you go - OERs are still for those who can afford to pay for them.
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