Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

Rory McGreal, Wanjira Kinuthia, Stewart Marshall, Tim McNamara, State Educational Technology Directors Association, May 03, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Rory McGreal announced today that this book is now online at and is available in PDF and epub. From the website: "It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges." I have a chapter in the book on the role of OERs in personal learning. I argue, "when a course is designed according to network principles, and hence as a MOOC, the role of OER changes dramatically. Far from being published materials created by academics and authors and merely consumed by course participants, they begin to become the way in which these course participants communicate with each other and, as a consequence, their use and exchange numbers are not in the single digits but rather in the hundreds or thousands."

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