Stephen Downes

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Far be it for me to criticize a venerable British institution, but this article in WonkHE "published in association with Kortext" not only champions a commercial model for OER aggregation but also promotes a definition of 'open' that to all appearances means 'open to Jisc members only', which to my mind is the exact opposite of 'open'. I mean, maybe it's just me, but this page touting 'open' resources requiring me to "visit the Jisc website to log in using your institution log in details" seems to me to be the epitome of 'closed access'. This isn't a "new lease on life" for OERs, it's a phenomenon I've previously called 'enclosure', and in this instance, using Jisc to accomplish the task.

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