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Stephen Downes

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The main message from David Wiley here is "it's impossible to create effective (open education) policy without a clear goal that you're trying to achieve with the policy." But I'm not sure it's true that "No one knows what the purpose of such a policy would be." My vision statement articulates a pretty clear purpose, and I would imagine most proponents of open education will adhere to something similar. I also can't imagine an open education policy that doesn't take generative AI into account, and I know that people are talking about the need for open models and open data. It is true that "a national zero textbook cost policy would be the beginning of the end for the OER movement as we know it," but I wouldn't personally mourn the loss of large and somewhat commercially focused initiatives like "OpenStax and other large OER publishers, who sustain their efforts through sales of related products like homework systems." Nor do I see it as 'backfiring' if institutions can no longer charge students for 'open' learning resources.

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