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Stephen Downes

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I certainly see the need to challenge "some of the altruistic, philanthropic and public good drivers underlying the OER movement by identifying the need to align new open solutions with the actual problems educators and learners face in today's challenging educational landscape" but I found this paper weak on answers, arguing that "...policy will be the lever by which open practice can become sustainable and mainstream," a position that seems to me essentially empty. I also worry about statements like this: "A fundamental question for future policy development is what is the business model for OER-based implementation strategies? What is the role of the commercial sector? How can educational institutions and business interests work together to better leverage the potential of OER?" This just seems to me to be building failure into the project at the outset.

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