In March of this year, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) published a document “Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education”. Although the content looks reasonable at the first time of reading, but actually there is a traditional perspective throughout the report. Comparing Open Educational Resource(OER) with traditional textbook model is actually kind of like comparing apples with oranges. Why so? A different perspective about learning content is needed as decision makers are looking into what institutions and learners really need in digital age. UNESCO already pointed this out early….
OER = Economic Value + Educational Transformation
Only licensed digitized content can be shared via the internet so that it has the potential to unleash the full power of resource-based learning without bankrupting educational systems.
Its implications are first and foremost economic.
Primary economic proposition #1: Educational institutions and educators will need to create different services (given the rapidly…
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