Open Education and OER - A guide and call to action for policy makers

Maren Deepwell, Martin Weller, Lorna Campbell, Joe Wilson, Association for Learning Technology, Dec 12, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This short paper (8 page PDF) is a "call to action for policy makers to mandate that publicly funded educational resources are released under open licence to ensure that they reside in the public." Interestingly the document cautions that "the 'open' in MOOCs is very different from the 'open' in OER," though this is the opposite of our intent back in 2008 when we first created them. The writers also assert (correctly) that "It is anomalous that while publicly funded research is mandatorily open there is no similar encouragement for learning resources to be openly available."

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