A Response to ‘OER and the Future of Publishing’

David Wiley, BC Campus, Aug 19, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

David Wiley has responded to Knewton CEO Jose Ferriera's article arguing that OER cannot effectively compete against the textbook industry. As mentioned here before, Ferriera raises the old canards of quality and publishing values, but Wiley hits on the publishers' real value: exclusivity. "Publishers will never put OER at the core of their offerings, because open licensing – guaranteed nonexclusivity – is the antithesis of their entire industrial model." Meanwhile, Michael Feldstein offers a critique similar to my own: "open resources don’t have to be supported through volunteerism. It is possible to build revenue models that can pay for their upkeep."

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