The Anti- IPA Position Paper: A reply from an Educator to the International Publishers' Association Position Paper

Rory McGreal, May 29, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The International Publishers' Association has released a short position paper on open educational reosurces (OERs) that makes the arguments you might expect, "sceptical however about the capacity of OERs to provide high quality content in core curriculum subjects in the longer term." Rory McGreal has responded, saying "publishers and Open Educational Resources both have value and are not mutually exclusive." He points out that the same challenges facing OERs - sustainability, quality, and efficacy - are also challenges for commercial content. He notes especially that there are "few recognisable quality assurance procedures associated with commercial content and these are controlled by private interests."

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