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Stephen Downes

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This paper (17 page PDF) is for the most part a very standard presentation of three types of open educational resources: Open Educational Resources (OER) as defined by UNESCO, e-Textbooks, and MOOCs; and of three design frameworks: the 7Cs of Learning Design framework, the SAMR model and the ICAP framework. These are useful background, but don't really contribute to the main discussion, which occupies the latter third of the paper. It's essentially a critique of open educational resources. "Despite the potential, in reality OER are not being used extensively by students or teachers, and there is still a concern that MOOCs are predominantly being taken by those who are already educated... inertia still exists in many traditional educational structures and a hesitance to engage in new open practices is more common than we typically like to admit." We've heard all this before. What's needed isn't yet another 12-dimensional scale, but rather, a refocus from education (and educational institutions) and toward learning outside the institution, which is where all the genuinely free learning resources are really being created and used. Image: Hewlett (2007)

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