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Stephen Downes

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It's hard to reconcile the headline of this post with what I read in the report it cites, specifically, that "The disruptions of recent years have yielded a substantial increase in the use and creation of open educational resources (OER), textbooks, course modules, and video lectures." But it's because right after that we read that "faculty are less interested in creating and using them for their courses as incentives for integrating OER into instructional approaches have not changed since 2018." Wiley explains, "Some of the faculty who adopted and used those resources simply aren't interested in doing it again...the overwhelming majority of OER offer very little support for faculty. It is, objectively, more work for faculty when they switch from adopting a full courseware solution to using a free PDF." And institutional resources and support haven't made up for that difference.

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